The Whitneyville Civic Association will hold its regular meeting this Thursday, November 18th at 7:00 PM. While we plan on having in-person meetings beginning in January, 2022, this meeting will be held virtually.
Our featured speaker will be Ms. Elizabeth Hayes, President of the Six Lakes Park Alliance. Ms. Hayes will be presenting her organization’s plans for transforming the Olin Corporation’s property known as the Powder Farm into public open space. The WCA has previously endorsed this proposal.
We’d also like to remind you that it’s time to renew your membership with the WCA if you haven’t already done so. You can renew online at www.whitneyville.org.
Update from library committee: impact of the pandemic on fundraising activity.
Discussion of proposed bylaws change to elect president and vice president in the same year to have concurrent terms. This amendment would make it possible for the latter to succeed the former without creating a vacancy in the Vice President position. Elections for the offices of Treasurer and Secretary would be held at the same time instead.
The text of the proposed amendment:
Article IX - Elections and NominationsSec. I - Officers of the Association shall be elected for terms of two years.Sec. II - With the exception of the Treasurer, officers may not hold their
respective offices consecutively for more than one term.Sec. III - The President, and TreasurerVice President shall be elected at
the Annual Meeting on the odd numbered years.Sec. IV - The Vice-PresidentTreasurer and Secretary shall be elected at the
Annual Meeting on the even numbered years.Sec. V - The Executive Board shall nominate candidates for the appropriate
offices of the Association depending upon whether it is an odd or even
numbered year and communicate these nominations to the Voting Members prior
to the Annual Meeting. In so far as possible, the Board shall see that all
areas of the Association are represented.
Finally, a motion to extend the terms of the current Vice President and Secretary. The extension would provide additional time to recruit new candidates for these positions. In the event that the proposed Bylaws amendment is approved, it will enable the Vice President to continue in office until the next (May 2021) election.
The 2020 Annual Meeting on May 21 will be held virtually. The connection instructions in the email sent this week will be here temporarily as well:
ZOOM CONNECTION INFORMATION WILL BE HERE THURSDAY AT 5:00PM
The meeting agenda:
Discussion of bylaws change to elect president and vice president in the same year to have concurrent terms.
Option A: Concurrent terms remain at 2 years, option for VP to run for president, but not assumed.
Option B: Concurrent 2-year terms, with VP automatically assuming presidency.
We will hold elections and vote on bylaws change in September.
Library committee: how we might continue to support our library in person or virtually
Traffic Committee: updates on Whitney Ave project in New Haven
Whitney Ave. street tree renewal effort
Your Civic Association is seeking volunteers to help our community by serving as Vice-President and as Secretary of the WCA. Please consider running for one of these offices. Contact any board member for more information on the duties and the FUN of serving on the board. Nominations (and self-nominations) can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for the election at the September meeting.
Bob Izzo, Hamden Hall, will discuss expansion plans
Discussion of plans for this year and WCA committees
Roundtable to raise new issues
All Whitneyville residents are members of the WCA, but voting members keep the association vibrant – and we need your participation. Voting memberships renew annually and are $10. Business voting memberships are $20 a year. You can sign up at https://whitneyville.org/join/
Volunteers needed for Music Series:
Looking for a fun and meaningful opportunity to help build community and bring people together? Do you love music? Then join the committee to plan and run the sixth annual Whitneyville Music Series in DeNicola Park to be held in 2020. Without new volunteers, the series cannot continue and these special events will not return next summer.
You can email Deirdre Dolan directly at email@example.com to volunteer or just to learn more about this rewarding and fun opportunity.
Please join us on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm at the Hamden Board of Education, 60 Putnam Avenue, for our next Whitneyville Civic Association meeting. In honor of spring, we will discuss trees — including Bob Pattison (Spring Glen Civic Association) sharing a tree planting proposal and Susan Sternberg discussing Hamden Tree Commission plans for the year. Justin Farmer, our representative on Hamden’s Legislative Council, will also provide an update on the budget process.