HPNA Meeting Minutes: January 15, 2015

The January 2015 Hyde Park Neighborhood Association meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by Lorre Weidlich, co-president.

The first item on the agenda was discussion of the budget for the neighborhood association. I. Jay Aarons, treasurer, presented the proposed 2015 budget adopted by the Finance Committee, along with 2014 budget and 2014 actual expenditures. The two largest sources of revenue and expenditures for the organization are the Pecan Press and the Hyde Park Homes Tour. Early in 2015, Pecan Press ad rates, as well as other potential new revenue sources, will be explored. Additionally, the proposed 2015 budget included increases in the allotment for treasurer and parks and public spaces.  The increase in the treasurer’s budget is to offset the increase in the cost related to accounting services, and the increase in the parks and public spaces budget is to support a new community garden project.

Some discussion occurred regarding the amount of money spent on events and volunteer appreciation activities. I. Jay Aarons said it was his understanding that the money being spent is consistent with IRS rules for 501(c)(4) organizations like HPNA, but he would look into the rules to ensure that the organization is in compliance. Additionally, the new budget contains donations for both the Griffin School and the Trinity United Methodist Church since the organization has been using both sites for meetings.

Adrian Skinner made a motion to approve the budget and the motion was seconded by Doris Coward. The budget was approved 24 for and 0 against.

The meeting then turned to recognition and appreciation for the volunteers within the organization that assist in putting on the numerous events. Adrian Skinner, co-vice president, led the recognition. Some of the events and activities that the organization relies on its volunteers for include the DRC Committee, Fire Station Festival, Graffiti Abatement, Homes Tour, Egg Scramble, Parks Committee, Holiday Party, Adam Wilson and the Griffin School, Trinity United Methodist, the Membership Committee, and the Officers and Steering Committee. Volunteers for each of these groups were asked to stand and be recognized. Dorothy Richter noted that the strength of the organization is its volunteers and spirit of volunteerism. Cake from Quack’s bakery was provided to all in attendance.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30 p.m.

–Submitted by Artie Gold and Reid Long

HPNA Co-Secretaries