Pot Luck Meeting Set for March 18th
The first GPNA General Meeting of 2013 will take place Monday, March 18th at the neighborhood center, 1094 East Kentucky Street. We are asking each person attending to bring a dish. The main dish will be provided by GPNA. Cold drinks will be provided as well. We ask that you bring a salad, a veggie dish or a dessert that serves 2 to 3 people. The meeting will start a little after 7 PM. The Board will meet at 6 PM so doors will be open. Once everyone has their food and is seated we will open the General Meeting. The agenda includes two items. First there will be an update given that outlines the priorities and project plans the association hopes to accomplish during 2013. Then the program will be presented by our guest speakers. Our guest speakers for this meeting will be command officers from the 4th district Police Department. We have asked them to talk about the importance of neighborhood watch, block watch and plan to raise our concerns over the growing problems of graffiti markings on a number of area businesses. We thank our board members Tandee Ogburn and Tomy Molloy for their efforts in support of this event. They will serve as the hosts for the Pot Luck meeting.
We hope to see you on the 18th!
Working Committee is Working Again
The GPNA Work Committee is open to all. It ends up being made up of all interested residents and members of GPNA. YOU are invited to attend the first of 2 meetings to be scheduled over the next 2 months. The Work Committee's 2013 Planning Meeting first session is set for Wednesday, December 5th. The time is at 6 PM and the location is at our center, 1094 E. Kentucky Street. The basic agenda includes the association placing a planned emphasis on preservation issues and working to start up a business association tied to our umbrella. The board members involved would love to have you attend and bring your input.
The Working Committee efforts have been helpful in generating priorities to our many work activities. Listed below are the items approved at top work items for 2012. I invite you to read each one. I have listed a brief summary of the results of efforts GPNA made during 2012 are list the summary at the end of each point.
1. Improving the website (gpnalouisville.com) updates, generating more social networking and focusing on getting the word out about free residential membership for 2012. - We have set up a tie to Danny Mac's Germantown-Schnnitzelburg website.
2; Approved maintaining the date for this year's Shotgun Music Festival to be in the fall again. -- The September 29th festival at Krieger and at Nachbar was are best attended festival yet. By all ratings the street festival was fun and well received. Thanks to the bands for performing at no cost.
3. Agreed that increasing advertising to the Monday Bingo should be discussed during the spring and whatever is done needs to have the input from the Bingo Committee. --- Bingo continues to do well. We are in our 26th year of consecutive operation.
4 The plan for the new large out door mural going up is on time now. Artist Aron Conaway is awaiting warm weather to place the major neighborhood mural along Oak Street. The plan is to see this up and completed in the spring. Wait until you see just how colorful and great this is! --- Mural is up and beautiful. Thanks Aron.
6. The 4 Pot Luck suppers sponsored by GPNA have been set for 2012. They will be in April, June, September and November. Be on the look for further notices. GPNA will use this website to share the dates, times and the names of the planned speakers. All of these outings will be held at the center, located at 1094 East Kentucky Street. --- Thanks Tandee and Tomy. The emphasis of the presenters were centered around environmental issues. Then next Pot Luck is March 18, 2013 and we will have a St. Patrick's day theme.
7. GPNA will participate in the June 2012 Center for Neighborhoods Gala and host a booth there. --- Thanks to Nate and Davy we had coverage for the event.
8. New GPNA member Ben Evans has agreed to participate in the CFN Neighborhood Institute class of 2012 and will be representing GPNA there. ---- Board member Ben is the latest graduate tied to our board. Several of our board members have graduated from the institute.
9. GPNA is thankful to have developed a close working relationship with 4th District Police. We will continue to work with them on neighborhood watch strategies and please be on the look for the post of their frequent crime reports at the blog area of our website. ---- Officer Sturgeon continues to provide weekly email updates to the board members and also attends our monthly board meeting. Thank you Dean.
10. The committee is working to finalize the GPNA Day of Giving and the goal is to assure our support to this wonderful cause our Mayor has created. It is clear that the project we design will take place on a Saturday in April or May. We will keep everyone posted of the details at the website. GPNA would love to have you involved in this day of activity. ---- GPNA has responded to the mayor's call each year and plans to do so again in 2013.
11. Thanks to Councilman Tandy we are in discussion phases of looking at possible changes to the flat roof above the large back room of our center. The plan is look at implementing either a "white roof" concept or possibly a "green roof". Planning for this is in the very early stages. --- This remains an open item but this is being looked at as a 2013 priority to get done.
12. After many months of consideration the change in lighting at the center has been approved. Electrician Keith Richard will be making these approved indoor and outdoor changes over the next few weeks. --- Keith completed the improvements.
13. It was agreed to post publicly this information as a general update. GPNA has a status of an IRS 501 (C4) organization and is in good standing. We are required to file reports on an ongoing basis with the IRS, the state and also with the Department of Charitable Gaming. At this time all reports are on time and accepted. If you have any interest in review of the association's filed reports please feel free to do so. Make certain you provide your contact information so a GPNA represtetative can get back to you. ---- All compliance reporting is current and up to date.
14. The adding of decorative trash containers at certain intersections has turned into a long awaited project. Councilman Tandy's Office is working the corrections that were needed and we hope to have these place by summer 2012. ---- Project completed in early fall thanks to the persistence of Charles Booker
15. The Working Committee has recommended that GPNA work to host a screening that will explain to other neighborhood groups and interested parties the focus and mission of YERT. The hope is to host an event mid-year. More will be provided about this effort at a later time on our website. --- This item remains open and is being looked at as a 2013 priority to get done.
16. The working committee voted that GPNA's number one priority for 2012 needs to be the association being a lead partner in the community effort to start up of a new Farm Market housed in our area. John and Ruth Ann Gonder are taking a strong lead on this. Please know that you are welcome to join this broad based ad-hoc committee and be a part of the effort. You are welcome to call in or email your contact information and someone from GPNA will follow up with you. ---- Hurray! Root Cellar II opened at Hope Mills on October 6th!
Event Photos on GPNA Blog!
Check out the blog (http://blog.gpnalouisville.com/) for photos from these recent GPNA events:
- Beautiful Canvas Mural @ 1000 East Oak Street
- Root Cellar Grand Opening (Corner of Swan & E. Kentucky
- Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting (Swan/Ellison/Dandridge)
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