Working the Issue!

Taking Needed Action-

We are thankful that one of the newest members of the GPNA Board of Directors, Kathleen Elsherif has taken on the role of Chairperson of the Social Justice Committee that has been newly formed in our association taking serious the need to review and do more after watching the demonstrations that have taken hold of our city. The appointed committee is made up of 3 officers and 2 regular board member. The 4 others agreeing to serve are Melissa Banks, Steve Magre, Mary Hardesty, and John Gonder. Here is the report prepared by Kathleen concerning the first committee meeting held on July 1st-

"GPNA’s Committee to address our role in supporting the movement for racial equity and social justice met on July 1st. At this meeting we confirm that our three focus areas will be how we can support the movement for racial equity and social justice through our relationship with our metro council members, providing neighborly support, and our own education and the education of our members. During this first meeting we came to a consensus to first address those three areas with the following steps.

RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR METRO COUNCIL MEMBERS

We will invite our incoming and outgoing metro council members to our next board meeting to share our concerns and to hear their insights.

NEIGHBORLY SUPPORT

We will push for our members and neighbors to complete the census, as this helps with the distribution of resources and to get an accurate picture of the make-up of our neighborhood. (See Footnote A below)

We will reach out to nearby neighborhood groups and community groups to learn how GPNA can support their actions.

EDUCATION

We will look for resources to share around racial equity and justice to put into our revamped GPNA newsletter.

We will meet once a month as a committee and will continue the conversation around our role in this work.

Below are additional points of conversation that were discussed during our first meeting

-Frustration with transparency and accountability in LMPD investigations

-The need to look into additional resources, such as the Louisville Urban League and Campaign Zero

-Mary will follow up with more information about the Germantown-Schnitzelburg Crisis Response FB team she was invited to

-Mel and Kathleen will work on language and a plan for sharing a push for filling out the census."
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Footnote A-
+US Census Process 2020 Dates to Know-
-July 8- October 31
U.S.A. Promoting Self-Response Operation
-Mailing: Reminder (will not include a paper form), July 22-28
- Next from August 11 - October 31

+Non-Response Follow-Up At October 31-
-Last day for households to self-respond online, by phone or by mail.

+2021 Dates to Know-
-April 30, 2021
Census Bureau delivers apportionment count to President of the United States
-July 31, 2021
Census Bureau delivers count to States for legislative redistricting
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FYI- The committee will provide a report at the upcoming GPNA Annual Meeting that is scheduled for Monday, July 20. Details for this meeting will be posted later this week.

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Being Thankful for Fire Station #11 FY2020-2021 Funding- But There is More Needed to be Done
  • The City Budget Just Passed has No Staff Cuts to the Fire Department for Fiscal Year 2020-21 !!!!!

For starters this result is a far cry from what happened with last budget vote by city leaders a year ago this week. The end result of that now long ago vote was to see Engine 11 on Rubel Avenue decimated with a loss of 50% of firefighters housed there, and also its Engine. But that was then.

Let me take a few minutes and talk about the "now". Though pleased by the Headline above stating no staff cuts for 20-21, the work of Citizens For Firefighters-20 (CFF-20) is no where near over. The group's next step will be to watch closely the Federal Budget review. It most likely will need to take this on in a way to help see that adequate Federal dollars are forwarded to City government. The neighborhood associations of this part of Louisville need to work via CFF-20. We owe it to these brave First Responders to stand in support of them. And to be crystal clear I'm speaking of the sworn Fire, Police and EMS professionals. It must be stressed that appropriate funding for these next 12 months has to be in place so these men and women can make these runs, and take on the role of being the first to provide treatment! By all counts, and I mean that literally, this Pandemic is not over. And the rising numbers of new cases means the role of these public health and safety professionals remains critical.

To repeat it is OK to be pleased there are no budget cuts planned for 2020-21, but an added goal for CFF-20 is to realize more federal dollars to become added later into this next fiscal year's budget amounts as well! As one of the initial sign on neighborhood associations to help start CCF-20 GPNA has been out front for months in its support for staffing for the Fire Department being stabilized, and kept whole. And this goal is even more important to see assured given the Pandemic we continue to experience. July 1, 2020 is the start of the City's next fiscal year. We all know that Covid-19 will be right there every day as well.

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GPNA Support Needed- Call In This Evening Please!

Hi Everyone, 

 
I wanted to share information about Thursday's (virtual) public meeting regarding Forth Technologies' operating permit and the recurring issues and concerns surrounding the persistent smell in our neighborhood and what that means for our health For anyone looking to get caught up to speed before Thursday's meeting, I've attached an infographic with a timeline of events. Thank you Abby Long for spending part of her Sunday helping me gather this information! There is a PDF and JPG version so feel free to use and share. 
 
Even if you do not have a question to ask please attend the meeting Thursday at 6pm if you can. It is important for us to show up in numbers.
 
 
Instructions for joining the WebEx can be found on the Facebook event page and are also copied below this message. 
 
Thank you to everyone who has assisted in getting us to this point! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 
 
Maria Gurren 
Acting President
Shelby Park Neighborhood Association 
(859) 468-1572
Remembering Bob Fry

 

 

GPNA sends its deepest sympathy. We are so appreciative of Bob's long time work to better our association and his care for family, and neighbors. He will be missed.

 

Robert S. Fry

Louisville - 92, passed away peacefully at his home on May 8, 2020, surrounded by his family. Bob was a Veteran of the Army Air Corps and a member of the Saint Xavier Class of 1945. He retired from the United States Postal Service after serving as a Letter Carrier for 40 years as part of the NALC Branch#14. Bob attended Saint Therese Catholic Church and served many roles for the Parish. He also volunteered for the German Paristown Neighborhood Association.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Norma Jean (Vanover) Fry, and his children: Pat (Ellen); Laura Mason (Rich); Marty (Becky); Philip; Eric (Donna); and Neal Fry. He was also the proud Grandpa to twelve grandchildren: Mary Beth Fry; Ben, Max, Simon, Isaac and Molly Mason; Bradley, Andrew and Emily Fry; Katie Giltner and Cameron Fry; and Josh Fry. He is also survived by his two sisters, Millie Kapp and Mary Ann Scheibert, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his brothers Tony, Charles and John Fry. Funeral and burial services will be private with arrangements entrusted to Bosse Funeral Home and Interment in Saint Michael's Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mass of the Air or Saint Xavier High School.



 

Posting Website Updates to Take Place More Often

Thanks to our calling on our high tech consultant Paul Impellizzeri's we will be posting again to our Website. Once we test for a couple of weeks we will be developing a strategy to tie content to our Facebook Page. We hope you Bookmark us and follow both our Website and Facebook Page. 

If you have an interest in posting to our Webpage or wish to make suggestions please email to stevemagre.m39@gmail.com. Steve serves as the association's Volunteer Administrator. He will be pleased to connect with you.