December 2015 Board Meeting

These draft meeting minutes have not yet been approved by the board. They will be approved at the next scheduled board meeting.

Minutes from the December 3, 2015 Meeting of the Ardmore Neighborhood Association held at the Miller Park Community Center.

In attendance
Bonnie Crouse, Jordan Payne, David Cone, Lyndia Cone, Carol Eickmeyer, Kathy Pearre, Laura Farrell, Reggie Delahanty, Andy Anderson, Marlo Newman

President Bonnie Crouse called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

Minutes
The board accepted a motion to approve the November meeting minutes.

Treasurer’s Report
Marlo reported $3,947 in the ANA account. Taxes have been taken care of, and the PO Box and website are paid to date. Marlo will be ordering checks. The board discussed setting up Paypal to allow membership dues to be collected on our phones. The ANA has received $180 in new membership fees.

President’s report
Bonnie went over the responsibilities of a non-profit and how to instill a culture of trust and cooperation in the ANA. The responsibilities of a non-profit include:

  1. Keep it legal
  2. Keep it solvent
  3. Plan for the future
  4. Recruit and staff
  5. Accountability to constituents
  6. Get the work done
  7. Support and empower committees and volunteers
  8. Groom your own replacements
  9. Ambassadors to the community
  10. Lather, rinse, repeat

A budget requires identifying what kind of money we need, what we’ll do with it, how we plan to get it: donations, dues, events, sales. And how upcoming events (to be discussed later as a separate item) can fit into the membership growth.

Website improvements
Bonnie noted that Daniel is continuing to update the website.

RuffHousing’s request for special use permit
Bonnie provided an update on support for this request.
A special motion “agenda item at city hall meeting 12/7” was accepted

Discussion of Southwest Area Plan led by Jordan, Carol, Marlo, and Laura
If you were there for some or all of the discussion/listening meeting with the city’s planning staff a couple of weeks ago, please share your response to it and your recommendations, if you have them, for the ANA board to take up as a result.

  1. Traffic calming on Lockland – bushes are restricting sight lines making it dangerous
  2. Revitalization efforts of peters creek and sidewalks to create greenway
  3. Concerns about Stratford road area
  4. Next meeting is Dec 17th at 6 PM. ANA will be present with Jordan, Andy and Carol

Report of the most recent meeting of the Winston-Salem Neighborhood Alliance attended by Carol
There was a discussion of concerns about accessory buildings. The current laws around accessory buildings is vague, and there was discussion of applying for historical status to prevent abuse of accessory buildings. The discussion was tabled. Reggie noted concerns around hospitals buying land in Ardmore.
The city is trying to increase density.

Discussion of Cloverdale/Ardmore Terrace apartments led by Carol and Bonnie
What should our next steps be? The ANA sent a letter to City Council and forwarded a message from Dan Besse. Carol and Bonnie had lunch with some developers, they are having a hard time getting insurance on apartments due to them being older and needing so much work. Some shareholders want commercial permits for both sides of Cloverdale, and there was discussion about pushing them to rezone.

Membership
Carol discussed the results of new members work. A question arose about the time frame for membership (is it a calendar year or does it start the month you signed up?). The board tabled the question. There has been $180 in new membership fees.

Laura discussed Business Membership strategy, handed out the application, and proposed changing the application to reflect $175 fee for businesses. The motion was accepted.

Bonnie discussed future events which are to be multipurpose and tied in with membership strategy. These include:

  • Valentine’s event to make valentines for Ronald McDonald / Brenners Children’s Hospital. A motion to budget $100 from the budget was accepted.
  • History month event to kick off the Ardmore book
  • 4th of July Picnic – The venue has already been booked by Bonnie.
  • Candidate debate forum / yearly meeting – October

Crime and Police
Comments on crime from David Cone who volunteered to be the board’s liaison with the police department. Police are aware of ANA and the new board.

November 2015 Board Meeting

Minutes from the 11/5/15 Meeting of the Ardmore Neighborhood Association held at Miller Park

Present: Bonnie Crouse, Daniel Castro, David Cone, Lyndea Cone, Inez Davis, Reggie Delahanty, Carol Eickmeyer, Laura Farrell, Kim Garrett, Marlo Newman, Jordan Payne, Kathy Pearre, Shelly Snider, Charlie Whittington

Absent: Andy Anderson, Gary Blocker

President Bonnie Crouse called the meeting to order at 7 pm

An agenda was created

Treasurer Marlo Newman reported:

  • That we have about $3600 in the Wells Fargo account; that the account has been changed to one that only  requires a $500 monthly balance so there will be no monthly service fees and that  previous month’s service fees have been refunded.
  • Of the $3600 on hand, $431 is new memberships from the Annual Meeting.
  • The ANA has not filed an IRS 990 for 2014 nor have extensions been filed.
  • In the past Wes Brooks filed the 990 in exchange for recognition as a sponsor of the ANA.
  • David Cone moved that we follow up with Wes Brooks to see if he will file the 990 for 2014 and that the ANA authorizes up to $200 for this professional service. Kathy Pearre seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.

Liaisons with other organizations
Bonnie suggested that the board identify people to serve as liaisons.

  • David Cone volunteered to be the liaison with law enforcement
  • Laura Farrell volunteered to continue to work with area businesses and sponsors
  • Carol Eickmeyer volunteered to be the liaison with the City County Planning Board
  • Other liaisons will be recognized as the need arrises

Communications
Bonnie identified 4 volunteers to work on strengthening the ANA electronic marketing and communications: Julie Gross, Sue Kendall, Daniel Johannes & Daniel Castro. there was much discussion surrounding the website, a potential Facebook page and other forms of electronic communication. There was also much discussion of a need or interest in a newsletter that would be both electronic and in print.

Zoning
Bonnie met with Kimberly Vaughn, an owner of Ruff Housing the doggie daycare and kennel on Witt St. They are seeking a Special Use Permit to change the setback requirements as they seek to expand the current facilities. the first step in this process is to gain Planning Board approval, for which there is no public hearing. The request moves to the City Council for approval at their December 7 meeting. Public comment is permitted at this meeting. Ruff Housing has asked for the ANA to support their request.

  • Carol Eickmeyer moved that the ANA write a letter of support for this request. Motion was seconded by Inez Davis. The motion passed unanimously. Bonnie will write the letter and forward it to Ms. Vaughn

Membership
All agreed that an increase in membership is important if the ANA is to be a viable organization. However, it is important that we be able to answer the questions: What does the ANA do and Why should I join the ANA.

  • Laura Farrell mentioned that she has a form that answers these questions and would be happy to email it to us. A request was made to add a membership blank to this form.
  • Carol Eickmeyer challenged the board members to each solicit 10 new members by the next meeting. Those 150 new members added to the existing 57 would bring the ANA to 207 by the end of the year.
  • Reggie Delahanty reminded us that we have the emails of many past members and have not invited them to rejoin the organization in at least a year if not longer. It could be worthwhile to do this. No one was identified to take this action.

Monthly meetings
We agreed to meet the first Thursday of the month, for the next few months at least while the ANA gets back on its feet and to continue to meet at the Miller Park Recreation Center unless a board member invites us to their home.

The next meeting will be December 3 at 7 pm.
The January meeting will be on the 7th at 7 pm.

Announcements
Ardmore is part of the The Southwest Area Plan. The Plan is being updated and the first meeting is 11/19 at Miller Park at 6 pm.  We are encouraged to attend.

The first meeting regarding the improvements of Miller Park has been held but for those who were unable to attend there is an online survey at: http://www.cityofws.org/ Departments/Recreation-Parks/ Recreation-Centers/Miller- Park/Miller-Park-Improvements

Remarks for the Good of the Order
Bonnie asked that members of the board make a covenant to respect each other’s opinions, listen to everyone’s comments, acknowledge the value of every contribution and in general both support the work we’re doing and each other.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30, as promised.
Respectfully submitted by Carol Eickmeyer for Andy Anderson who was unable to attend.

2015-2016 Board of Directors

At the annual meeting on October 8, members elected a new Board of Directors.  The Board is made up of volunteers who are here to serve the Ardmore Neighborhood Community.  The Board members below will serve from October 2015 to October 2016.

OFFICERS
President — Bonnie Crouse
Vice President — Jordan Payne
Secretary — Andy Anderson
Treasurer — Marlo Newman

AT-LARGE MEMBERS
Inez Davis
David Cone
Lyndia Cone
Kathy Pearre
Charlie Whittington
Daniel Castro
Carol Eickmeyer
Laura Farrell
Reggie Delahanty
Shelly Snider
Gary Blocker

2015 Annual Meeting Scheduled !

YOU ARE INVITED!!  The 2015 annual membership meeting for the Ardmore Neighborhood Association is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 PM at Redeemer Presbyterian on Miller Street.  Join your neighbors to hear from past ANA presidents on Ardmore’s history and help elect a new board to lead the ANA for the 2015-16 year.   You’ll have an opportunity to renew your membership, meet the board members, enjoy light refreshments, share your thoughts on issues facing Ardmore and your ideas for keeping Ardmore a great place to live!!  All residents are welcomed and paid members will be eligible to vote for the new ANA Board.    Help us kick off a new year and new chapter for the ANA!

4th of July in Ardmore 2013

Join the Ardmore Neighborhood Association for our annual 4th of July picnic.  We’ll be at Miller Park, Shelter #1 (there is a parking lot at the corner of Rosewood and Bellview St.), from 11:30am – 2:00pm.  This is a potluck, so bring a side dish or dessert to share (the ANA will provide the main dishes), and come out to meet your neighbors.  There will be activities and crafts for the kids, plus our traditional red, white, and blue parade for decorated bikes, strollers and wagons!  Everyone can try their luck at Bingo for prizes from local businesses!  We need volunteers to help with set up, clean up, Bingo, and activities, so please contact us at ardmore@nullardmore.ws.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, July 4th!

June Community Meeting

ardmore sign for webHistoric Preservation in Ardmore

Join us on Thursday, June 13th as the Ardmore Neighborhood Association (ANA) welcomes Michelle McCullough, Preservation Planner with the City-County Planning Department to our community meeting.  Michelle will discuss preservation tax credits, and how you may be able to use them in your next renovation project.

The meeting will be held at 7pm at Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 1046 Miller Street in the Community Room on the lower level (off the south parking lot).  All are welcome, this event is free and open to Ardmore residents.  Tell your neighbors!

April Community Meeting

ardmore flowersGardening in Ardmore

Join us on Thursday, April 11th as the Ardmore Neighborhood Association (ANA) welcomes Sustainable+Ardmore to our community meeting.  They will discuss the Gateway Community Garden currently being developed in Ardmore, and how you can get involved.  We will also discuss how you can volunteer for the ANA, and help out our wonderful neighborhood

The meeting will be held at 7pm at Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 1046 Miller Street in the Community Room on the lower level (off the south parking lot).  All are welcome, this event is free and open to Ardmore residents.  Tell your neighbors!

February Community Meeting

Safety and Crime Prevention in Ardmore

Join us on Tuesday, February 19th at 7pm at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1046 Miller Street, as the Ardmore Neighborhood Association welcomes the Winston-Salem Police Department.  Officers will be on hand to discuss safety and crime prevention in Ardmore.  All are welcome, this event is free and open to Ardmore residents.  Tell your neighbors!