What's Happening Update @ November 22, 2013
Keeping you in touch and up to date-
- The last regular board meeting of 2013 was held at Monday, November 18. The board voted on the amended 2014 budget. It approved $2,200 in the budget for the garage mural, $750 for general maintenance, $200 of this for Rain Garden close down and $500 for painting inside the building. The board also voted to add wording to by laws about paid members needing to be in good standing to vote. All persons on our current mailing list will be asked to join at $5 per year starting in 2014. If a person joins they will receive our short neighborhood history book for free at the time they sign up. It was agreed that the current email list being used would be maintained to assure all people on it know what the happenings at GPNA are. Board recommended the calling of a Work Group session to plan goals for 2014. Steve Magre will lead this effort. Anyone interested in participating will be welcome to do so. This effort is not limited to board members.
- GPNA's 2013 work group agreed in early in the year to communicate GPNA issues via 4 separate ways. The first way was to make sure updates of what's happening were posted to the website twice a month. The other goal was for our website to become a repository of information that will keeping electronic versions of document tied to our compliance requirements and to the long history of our association.
#2 Way- The newest more popular way of folks communicating is what the board has chosen to focus most if its attention on. Thus we started our own Facebook Page. There will always be more frequent postings made to the Facebook page. We ask you to check it out, bookmark it, and definitely "like" us. Please visit often. Here is the address/link-
The third means is the production and posting of a quarterly GPNA e-newsletter. The newsletter will be placed to the Facebook page and will also be forwarded to all on our email listing via an email blast. The e-newsletter will also be up on the Danny Mac's Facebook page. In fact all posted updates to our website will be placed to Danny's. Thank you for this Danny. If you want to get onto our email listing please email Steve Magre at
The fourth way is one we use a lot less often. But on occasion we do like to produce hard copy notices. We generally distribute at stations provided by a number of our area retail businesses. And at times we will drop door to door throughout the area.
Please use the internet connect options to stay updated.
Membership and a free book-
After years of not charging an annual membership fee the Board decided the time has come to do so again. The good news is the cost is only $5. The better news for this coming year's membership is this. At the time you pay dues you will be given at no charge the newly published booklet titled "A Short History of Germantown and Paristown". This book contains history of the association not shared before. It contains document proof that there was a neighborhood titled Paristown, and it lets all readers know the process to research your home address. The book is chalk full of interesting facts about shotgun houses, the mills and even the churches.
Thank you, thank you, thank you-The association gives our thanks to the Root Cellar's Joshua Orr. He gave a nice talk about local and healthy food options at our last open meeting held October 21st. We also thank Jeff Underhill for attending the board meeting that same evening. He gave a detailed update about the changes that will be happening at the Goss Avenue Antique Mall. Thanks to artist Marjie Ryan for being our fearless leader in directing over 50 persons to paint the warm and wonderful new mural. Thanks to Father Dave Harris and the St. Therese Church community for being willing to partner on the project. Thanks to board members Jeff Cross, Amanda Keeton and Tomy Molloy for their follow through on the e-newsletter and for keeping our new Facebook page so current. Thanks to President Judy Magre for being a wonderful hostess in welcoming all to the 40th Anniversary Party and making it a special remembrance for many.
GPNA items available to buy-
Best neighborhood association bingo in the state-
Our Monday Bingo is in its 27th 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 gaming license number is 00058 and posted. This long running weekly event offers residents a unique and fun experience. It certainly allow regulars attending to get to know their neighbors well. If you have not dropped by to play please do so. The weekly bingo session is held 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.
Compliance status- 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.