October 2012 Meeting Minutes

Gifford Park Association
General Membership Meeting
October 18, 2012

In attendance:  Ali Hallock, Dan and Pat Miller, Fran Cella, Bill Briska, Doug Tomsha, Dorie Alpha, Chris and Karen Bach, Carol Anderson, Tony Sanchez, Barb Counterman.

President Bach called the meeting to order at 6:30.

Pocket Park

Karen reminded the group that the board had discussed the future of the GPA owned pocket park on Chicago St. and directed her to approach the Crisis Center to see if they y would like to take on the park.  She told the group that she had approached Gretchen Vapnar about the park and she said that she would discuss it at their next board meeting. She added that if the Crisis Center is not interested then she would approach the city about taking control of it. Bill Witte has been maintaining the park and the planted corners.  Bill Briska added that it is currently full of trash.  Karen will contact Bill about cleaning it up.

Karen mentioned that she is pursuing a couple different locales to have a GPA family Christmas party with a visit from Santa – date to be announced.

Slate of Elected Officers for 2013

Tony Sanchez said that he sent out an e-mail looking for volunteers for people to run for board positions.  He added that no one has volunteered. Bill reminded the group that he has offered to be the Treasurer again.  Several names were tossed out for Tony to approach.  The partial slate that was proposed is as follows:

President:  Karen Bach

Vice President:  open

Treasurer:  Bill Briska

Secretary:  Dan Miller

At large:  Tony Sanchez

At Large:  Ali Hallock

Nominations for additional candidates will be taken from the membership at the General Membership Meeting November 15, 2012.  A vote will then be taken.

Fran added that the responsibilities and makeup of the Nominating Committee needs to be spelled out. Bill added that the process needs to be reviewed and refined.