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Tracy Heightchew, Brenda Waters and John Gonder Honored as GPNA 2014 Citizens of the Year-

At the conclusion of the July 14th Board of Directors meeting Carrie Peers, a representative of Jim King's council office, and  President recognized these three with their awards. Tracy is a co-founder of our music festival titled The Shotgun Festival. This is our annual gathering that highlights to all how neighborly where live really is and to show how much pride we have in being a working class neighborhood that has a rich history of maintaining many of our city's finest shotgun style houses. The festival is now in its 8th year, and Tracy has played a lead role in organizing the bands and the vendors in each of these years. Brenda Waters has been a longtime board member. She works hard to assure a strong connection of our association with Vine Street Baptist Church, where she is a member. She helped with our 40th Anniversary event last November and has for years worked to set up a giant neighborhood flea market held annually in the community room at Vine Street Baptist Church. And John is the longtime owner of Hope Mills. He works hard to stay connected to our association and is very transparent in his actions towards leasing Hope Mills and making improvements there. He allowed the use of Hope Mills for the welding of our art piece, which is now located in our front yard area of our center. He also gave assistance to our effort to attract Root Cellar to our neighborhood. We congratulate all three of this wonderful people, and thank them for their care and support of our mission.

Keeping On

The July 14th meeting had a full agenda. The officers elected by the board were the same. Judy Magre is again our president. This is her 29th consecutive year to be elected. Our Vice President is Tomy Molloy. Our Secretary is Jeff Cross and the Treasurer is Steve Magre. These four will serve until July 2015. 4th District Police was represented by Officer Johnny Burgraff. He shared area crime stats and noted the police had leads on who may be involved in a couple of break ins in the area. Laura and Nash Neely shared their plans for The Post. This is the new restaurant going in on Goss Avenue just north from the Spratt intersection. The Neely's live in the neighborhood. It has been a long haul for them to get to this point. All of us are excited to see this new restaurant taking form. We really look forward to the opening of The Post. A number of other items were reported on briefly, but the main focus was to move quickly to allow time to celebrate the recognition to our three 2014 recipients of GPNA Citizens of the Year.


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You are invited to keep up with what is happening by going to our Facebook Page. The address is:

http://www.Facebook.com/GermanParistownNeighborhoodAssociation

We use Facebook to make frequent entries and updates. We also place all our  updates via Danny Mac's Germantown-Schnitzelburg Facebook page.

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PLEASE JOIN!

Our goal is to make it easy for anyone who holds value in our efforts to join. Gaining financial support is helpful of course in off setting administrative cost. But what we really hope for is inducing residents to become active. So the annual membership fee is by donation amount of your choice including the giving of your time. To encourage membership the recommended dollar amount is kept very low at $5 per year.

Here is how easy it is-

Email your name, address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Steve will enter your name and email address to the GPNA membership roster. You can provide your chosen donation by mailing it to 1094 E Kentucky Street (40204) and make the check out to GPNA.

You can also join at one of our sponsored functions including our quarterly pot luck public meetings. Please note that we will accept cash for membership when sign up is at an event, but that is the ONLY TIME. You can also choose to not mail and simply drop the check through the slot that is in the middle of our front door. Again, no cash if dropping off.  And most important please make sure the check is in a sealed envelope marked "Membership".

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Anyone for Bingo!

Our Monday Bingo is in its 28th year of continual operation. Doors open at 9 AM and games start at 10:15 AM. The last game is normally played out by 12:15 PM. Our Kentucky gaming license number is 00058 and posted. This 27 year running weekly event offers residents a unique and fun experience. The nature of bingo encourages all new and regulars attending to get to know each other. Bingo is held at the GPNA center, 1094 E. Kentucky Street.

The location is just west of St. Therese Catholic Church. We can lay claim to this "best" title because we know of no other neighborhood association with a state gaming license approved to operate bingo sessions. The money raised has been so helpful in meeting our budget projections.

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Of Note

GPNA keeps on file its approval letter from the IRS. This letter stipulates that GPNA is a 501 (C4) non-profit organization. To stay in good standing we file an IRS-990 each calendar year. We also file with Kentucky to maintain legal recognition with the Commonwealth. The overall reporting to the state requires our forwarding an Annual Report and we must provide quarterly to the Department of Charitable Gaming detailed gaming activity reports.  We are required to complete annually a gaming license application.  GPNA is currently in full compliance and in good standing with the federal, state and city governments and all the reports listed have been filed on time.
The various updates here are shared for two reasons. In laying out these details please know we want you to think out how what you are good at might and enjoy doing can help us as we move towards the future. We are not shy in asking if you see opportunities to become involved. We would love to tap into your talents and commitment. If interested the easiest and best way to do so is to contact our volunteer administrator, Steve Magre. His phone number of 502-855-0223 and his email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may also want to click on the category to the right titled Board of Directors and see if any of the members listed are people you know. Any board member would welcome your call.
 

2014-15 GPNA Officers and Board Members Listing

2014-15 GermanParistown Neighborhood Association OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS LISTING:

Officers: Judy Magre - President
Tomy Molloy- Vice President
Steve Magre- Treasurer
Jeff Cross- Secretary

Board Members:

Mary Hardesty, John Gonder, Brenda Waters, Ben Evans, Bruce Ewing, Davy Coombs, Tandee Ogburn, and Amanda Keeton.

   
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