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We all have enough stress in our daily lives.  We just want to come home to a relaxing  environment.

That's exactly what the Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Association sets out to help you do.  Our organization is dedicated to maintaining a first class subdivision, while helping to enhance and protect the property values for all homeowners.   Frenchman's Bend offers you security and a friendly social environment.  The Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Association welcomes you to our site and invites you to checkback often.
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Covenants and Restrictions

View/Download/Print Covenants from all units in Frenchman's Bend.
 
Update from the FB Golf Club
 
NOTICE TO ALL HOMEOWNERS
 
The Frenchman's Bend Golf and Health Club is a  seperate entity from the HOA.  It is privately owned.

The HOA feels it is necessary for all of us to support the club in every way possible.  It is the core of our neighborhood, and it's success helps us maintain  our property values, and our way of life in Frenchman's Bend.

Please support the Frenchman's Bend Golf Club.

Thank you.
 


Important Dates -



  June 16th
  Annual HOA Meeting
  June 30th
  Monthly HOA Meeting
  July 4th
  July 4th Activities
(details to be announced soon)

  
 






News & Information





2014 


Announcing -


All Homeowners in Frenchman's Bend are invited to attend the....



Monday - JUNE 16th

6:30 pm
at the Clubhouse

All homeowners are invited to the annual association meeting.   Come and hear the latest news on neighborhood upgrades, events, topics of concern, budget, etc.

Anyone wanting to join the Homeowners Association Board should attend this meeting. 

PLEASE plan to attend.  The HOA wants active participation from it's members.   




Reminder
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Please be sure to return your  Homeowner questionaire to the HOA. 

Thank you for taking the time to fill it out.



July 4th -


July 4th is just around the corner.  The HOA is planning for another neighborhood "family fun day".   Check back here or on Facebook as we finalize the events and times.




We are now on FACEBOOK -
 
Check us out at    facebook.com/FrenchmansBendHOA
 
 
 
"Like" us to receive up to date information.





2014 Garage Sale -

The Frenchman's Bend Annual Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 5th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.    As usual, the HOA will advertise and have Sheriff Deputies on site for the event.

For those new to Frenchman's Bend, this is a VERY popular event.  All you need to do is clean out those garages and closets, and set up in your garage/driveway on Saturday morning.  There is never a shortage of customers.



Breakfast with the Easter Bunny -

The Frenchman's Bend HOA is sponsoring Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, which will be held on Saturday, April 12th.  There will be two breakfast seatings available.  Reservations need to be made through the club.  All residents are invited.

Children 10 and under eat for free.  There is a charge for all others.  The Easter Bunny will be on hand, and there will be an Easter Egg hunt at each  seating.

See you there!!!






 
2013  

July 2013

REMINDERS TO HOMEOWNERS -
ALL Homeowners in Frenchman's Bend Subdivision are governed by it's Covenants and Restrictions.   As a homeowner/resident you are expected and required to follow the C&R's.

The HOA first and foremost wants to be a friendly neighbor.   We do not want to be the "police", but at times when the C&R's are not followed and the results affect other homeowners, the HOA will take necessary actions.

As we continue to grow, there are more and more homeowners who are not following the rules of the C&R's, or the approval process.  Please review the C&R's for your specific unit, especially BEFORE starting any construction project.

 
A few reminders are....
 
1.  ALL construction projects must be submitted and approved by the Homeowners Association.  This includes (but not limited to) home additions, out buildings, patio covers, sunrooms, outdoor kitchens, storage buildings, garage additions, changes to the exterior of home, etc.   Please review the requirements and submit plans to the HOA.

2.  PARKING vehicles should be limited to your paved driveway.  Do not park in yard/on lawn, in utility easements (under power lines), or on empty lots. 

3.  Boats, trailers, golf carts, and other vehicles should be stored in your garage, or where permitted per your units covenants.  This location and distance from street varies by unit.  Please check your unit requirements before parking your "vehicles". 

4.  Fencing is permitted.  However, golf course lot fencing cannot obstruct the view of any other golf course lot homeowner.   In other words, they need to be an "open" fence.  No fences on the golf course should be solid or primarily solid, and they should preferably be made of  metal/iron.   If you have any questions, or if there is any variance to the covenant requirements, the fence MUST BE APPROVED by the HOA PRIOR to construction.  If you have any questions, please contact the HOA PRIOR to building a fence.

5.  Yard signs for "businesses" are not allowed to placed in yard.  This includes signs from construction companies (roofing, pools, heating,  a/c,  remodeling, etc.), personal businesses, or advertising for any other business.   
We do allow "temporary" non-profit event and  political signs.  Also, real estate signs are allowed.  Please see the C&R's for size allowed and further requirements. 


Submitting plans to the HOA, or discussing a project with a board member,  is NOT the same as being approved.  The HOA must  review the plans (usually within a few days), and reply to you with written approval.   The HOA has up to 30 days to approve/reject your plans (in writing), so please plan ahead.

Again, the members of the HOA are also you neighbors.   We are not an outside administrative company.   We sincerely ask for your help and cooperation in these matters. 

Plans can be submitted through this website, or by contacting us at 318-388-4499.

Thank you.....   the Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Association

 
 

We are now on FACEBOOK.
 
Check us out at    facebook.com/FrenchmansBendHOA
 
 
 

The 2013 Annual Homeowners Meeting is approaching.  Follow us here or on Facebook for further details.
 
July 4th Fireworks and family day of fun is just around the corner.


 
2012 and earlier  

ALL homeowners are invited to our annual July 4th Family Fun Day.
 
Come and enjoy this fun event with your friends and neighbors!

When:     July 4th           Starts at 4:00 pm

Where:    Clubhouse Area 

Who:       All Homeowners

           Fireworks… at dark
 

Music by -
Monty Russell

 
  • Face Painting
  • Jumpers
  • Snow Cones
  • & more…
The “club” pool will be open (to residents only).

Food  specials will  be available.

1st Annual “Family Fun Day” Golf Outing - JULY 4TH


This event is for ALL Frenchman’s Bend homeowners

-- individuals and families--

(You do NOT need to be club members to join in the fun).

 
We welcome seasoned golfers AND those with no experience. 

  •  9-holes of golf and a cart will be provided at no charge
  • You must provide clubs and ball
  • Family groups encouraged (up to 6 per group)
  •  Prizes to be awarded

 
-- Check-in starts at 4:00 – Play starts at 5:30 --

Sign Up - Please stop by or call the clubhouse/pro shop (387-2363) to sign up -- prior to July 4th please.


HOA Needs Your Email Address -

The HOA is asking that ALL homeowners provide us with a current email address.  We are compiling a complete e-mailing list of all homeowners. This list will ONLY be used by the HOA to
e-mail future newsletters, timely news and event updates, etc. Information will not be given out to anyone for other uses.

We are discontinuing mailing paper copies of newsletters. This will save on postage costs and time spent printing and mailing. The only way to receive future newsletters is to provide us with your email address.

PLEASE FILL OUT and RETURN THE INFORMATION CARD THAT IS ENCLOSED WITH YOUR ANNUAL BILL.

Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Annual Meeting -

Date:              Monday, June 25th

Time:              6:30 p.m.

Where:           Clubhouse

All homeowners are invited to the annual association meeting.   Come and hear the latest news on neighborhood upgrades, events, topics of concern, budget, etc. 

Anyone wanting to join the Homeowners Association Board should attend this meeting. 

Snack foods and drinks will be served.


 

Lunch with the Easter Bunny -
 
Our annual "Lunch with the Easter Bunny" is Sunday, April 1st.   NEW this year -- Easter Egg Hunts (during each seating).
 
 

Garage Sale -
 
 
The annual neighborhood garage sale has been scheduled for Saturday, May 5th ---  7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   The HOA will place a newspaper ad and have Sheriff's Officers on duty during the event.
 

July 4th - FAMILY FUN DAY
 
The Homeowners Association will be sponsoring a day of family fun on Wednesday, July 4th.   All residents are invited!  You won't even need to leave the neighborhood to have a great holiday.  

We will be having family and childrens activities in the afternoon/early evening (jumpers, games, face painting, treats, etc).  The Club will be offering special deals on food.   Also in conjunction with the Club, the pool will be open for the day to all Residents.  There will be a fireworks show to complete the day.

There will also be a Family Fun Day golf outing.   Everyone can join - singles or families -- any ages.  Best of all...it's free.  There will be prizes.  

Even if you are not a club member, or have never golfed before, this is your chance to experience 9 holes of fun golf.   It's an opportunity for you and/or your children to experience their first game of golf. As usual, there will also be room for experienced golfers.

More details to come for these events...come back and check in.
 

Breakfast with Santa -
 
Update -  Another wonderful breakfast spent with Santa.

Santa with be stopping by Frenchman's Bend for breakfast on Saturday, December 10th.    Be sure to bring your kids or grandchildren.   Bring your camera for this great photo opportunity.


Children 12 years old and under eat for free.  Breakfast will be available for adults.

Please call the club for reservations - 10 or 11 a.m. seating.
 

Holiday Decorating Contest -
 
Update -  Thank you to all who participated and to the winners. Congratulations!

Once again, the HOA will be sponsoring a holiday decorating contest.    Join in and decorate your home.   Awards will be given by category and unit, and also a grand prize will be awarded.  


Decorations will be judged in one of two categories - The Beauty of Christmas, or Through a Child's Eyes.

Judging is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, Decembe 18th. Please have your lights on by 6:00 p.m.
 

Yard Signs -
 
As a reminder - NO BUSINESS SIGNS are allowed to be displayed in any yards.   This season has brought on an onslaught of allowable political signs.  There has also been an increase in "business" signs being displayed.  "Business" signs are NOT ALLOWED.

Per the covenants and restrictions, ONLY yard signs for home sales and signs advocating support for a candidate are allowed.  The maximum size is 4 sq. ft.

Signs for local businesses, contruction companies, tree-services, roofers, mosquito abatement, and the like, shall NOT be displayed/posted on any lot.  

We do allow short term posting of signs for  "non-profit" type events (ie Race For The Cure, Spring Market, Community Theatre, etc.).
 

Political Forum -
 
Thursday, September 22nd
6:30 p.m.
Sterlington Elementary

A co-sponsored Candidate Political Forum will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Sterlington Elementary School.   Candidates seeking election as Sheriff of Ouachita Parish and to the Louisiana House of Representatives District 16, will be in attendance.

All five candidates for Ouachita Parish Sheriff will attend: Joe Brady, Cam Douglas, Larry LaBorde, Jay Russell and Ron Schleuter.

The three candidates for House District 14 will also attend: Incumbent Rep. Sam Little and challengers Michael Echols and Jay Morris.

Thank you to the Sterlington Chamber for organizing this forum.


 

Annual Homeowners Meeting - July 25th

The Annual Frenchman's Bend Homeowners meeting was held on July 25th.  Thank you to those that attended in the meeting.

Updates (and discussion) were given on many issues and projects happening within the neighborhood, such as the potential for sidewalks, the neighborhood park project, speeding, HOA financials, etc.

Four new names were added to the HOA  board...  Shelly Harrell, Christophe Nouvellet, Richie Garrett, and Jim Wilson.

 

Annual Homeowners Dues - 2011

Statements for annual dues have been mailed out and are now PAST due.    Your prompt payment is appreciated.  

Thank you.   HOA


Monthly Meetings -

Monthly HOA board meetings are normally held at 6:30 p.m. on the first monday of each month.  Please check the calendar of events above to verify meeting dates.  They do change due to holidays and other major conflicts.  Board members should receive an email reminder prior to each meeting.


"2011 Celebration in the Bend"
The second annual  4th of July celebration and fireworks were held on July 3rd.  Thank you to all that attended, and all that helped to make this event a fun one for all in the neighborhood to enjoy.  It was a day filled with face painting, jumping castles, live music, fireworks, food and fun.  

See you next year!


Leashing Your Pets -

With the beautiful spring weather, it is very tempting to open the door and let your pets run free.  This seems to be something that is happening frequently.

As a reminder, ALL dogs in Frenchman's Bend MUST be on a leash or kept restrained behind a fence...at all times. DO NOT let your pets roam free.   There is a "leash law" in Ouachita Parish and is enforced by the Sheriff's Department.

Even the friendliest of dogs can be a nuisance to your neighbors. Not everyone is comfortable around dogs.   Some children and adults are very fearful of dogs. A dog on the loose can create a very frightening experience for many.  

Free-running dogs are also a nuisance to other dogs that are properly restrained  within a fenced yard. Dogs should not be allowed on the golf course at any time. Protect your pet from moving vehicles by keeping them off the streets.  

Please be a responsible neighbor and pet owner... keep your dogs on a leash or behind a fence.

New Construction  -  Remodeling - Additions  -  Fencing  

Plans for ALL new construction and ALL  exterior renovations, exterior remodeling, building additions, fences, etc.... MUST BE APPROVED by the Frenchman's Bend HOA prior to construction commencing. 

This applies to ALL construction in ALL units - 1 through 10.   Plans need to meet the guidelines listed in the Covenants and Restrictions (per applicable unit).

Please contact the Association to submit your plans prior to starting any construction -- applies to big projects and small projects.   It is a simple, but required process.  

Any questions, please contact the HOA.   Thank You.


Annual GARAGE Sale -

The annual Frenchman's Bend neighborhood garage sale was held on Saturday, April 2nd.   Once again, it was a great success.

See you again next spring!

 


 NEW - "E-Newsletter"

The HOA has been working hard to start an "E-Newsletter" that will be downloadable from this website and e-mailed directly to those residents who have signed up to receive it.   We hope to save on printing and postal expenses, along with delivering news to you in a more timely manner.

To receive future "e-newsletters" and important news updates, please sign up by registering your email address (upper left side of this screen).  Tell your neighbors about this site and the  upcoming "e-newsletters"... it's news we all want to know.


 


 Frenchman's Bend Golf and Health Club

Although the HOA is a totally seperate entity from the Frenchman's Bend Golf and Health Club, the success of the club benefits us all.   Your support of the golf and health club is very important.   A variety of golf and social memberships are available.

Be sure to stop in the clubhouse and discover for yourself all of the great new changes and upgrades that have been made recently.

In addition to the golf course being in the best overall shape that it has ever been in, you will find a pleasing new interior with new furnishings, paint, etc.    The air conditioning and heating system has been replaced.  The pool has had some needed repairs made to it, with new patio furniture on the way.

Mulligan's restaurant is open to everyone.   If you haven't eaten there yet, check out their successful specials on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.   They also have a complete lunch buffet on Sundays in addition to serving lunch and dinner daily.

Check out the changes!!!  

 

Halloween Trick or Treating -

Halloween is officially  Sunday, October 31st (2010).

We do anticipate trick or treaters in the neighborhood on Saturday evening, and most likely Sunday evening also.    

There have been many conflicting reports as to when neighboring communities would be observing Halloween.   Currently,  Monroe sais to trick or treat on Saturday OR Sunday.   Sterlington states trick or treating is on Saturday.

This has put our neighborhood in a tough position, as we get so many children visiting  from outside of Frenchman's Bend.

We are attempting to hire extra Sheriff's security for Saturday night. We want to deter the excess rowdiness and drinking in the streets that occured  last year.

Let's all make this a fun and SAFE holiday for the children!   

Drive slowly and be on the lookout for trick or treaters all weekend long.


Driving Through Frenchman's Bend                                                          

Please control your vehicles speed.  Excessive speed continues to be a problem in the neighborhood.    Frenchman's Bend is ALL residential and the speed limit throughout is 25 mph.   Men and women, young and old, residents and non-residents, are ALL guilty of speeding.  

For the safety of our children, pets, and property, PLEASE make a conscious effort to lower your speed.


Welcome New Units to HOA - July 1st '09

The Homeowners Association would like to WELCOME the Units entering the Association as of July 1st, 2009.   The Developer has handed over ALL units in the subdivision to the HOA.   The HOA will now oversee and monitor compliance of  the Covenants and Restrictions for ALL units. 

What does this mean to you?   If you have not previously been in the Homeowners Association (Maison, Units 8,  9, 10) ... you are now officially a part of the Association.    Find out more about this at the Annual Homeowners meeting on July 14th.

We will soon be updating the website with the Covenants for ALL units.



Recent Events

Visit from Santa 2008 
Friends and family join Santa for breakfast

Easter at Frenchman's Bend 2008
Children and adults of all ages enjoying the day with a special guest—the Easter Bunny!



 

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