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January 19, 2016 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was held at Gingras Ecumenical Center, 1419 V Street NW.

Introductions / Approve Minutes / Treasurer Report

Members present included Chris Young, Monika Pamp, Daniel Foster, Natasha Ghent-Rodruiguez, Scott Clark, and Daniel Hardy. Others in attendance included Ben Case (Office of the Mayor).  

DDOT Issues

Although invited and confirmed (a month ago) DDOT Office of Public Space Regulations (PSRA) did not attend.

Board Elections

Nominees included Chris Young, Monika Pamp, Daniel Foster, Natasha Ghent-Rodruiguez, and Christina Parascandola. Daniel Foster moved, and Scott Clark seconded, election of the entire slate of nominees. This motion passed by unanimous acclimation.

Congratulations to the 2016 Board. Per the bylaws, the Board will select officers from those elected.

2016 Goals and Planning

Spring Beautification Day. We set Saturday April 23 for our 2016 beautification event. This is the day after Earth Day.

General. We discussed membership development and outreach strategies. Participants agreed that many younger and/or relatively recent neighborhood residents have an interest and desire to develop connections and contribute to the community, but don’t know how to start. We agreed to make an effort to contact multi-family buildings where it has been more difficult to promote involvement.

New Business / Announcements

Mayor’s Office / Public Safety and Other Initiatives

  • Ben Case explained several initiatives from the Mayor’s office, including an increased reward for recovered guns.

Cold Weather / Shelter

  • Ben also noted that the cold weather creates difficulties for people facing homelessness, and reminded us that the closest all night shelter is at Banneker Recreation Center (Georgia Ave. near Howard University).
  • Call the emergency DC Shelter Hotline at (800) 535-7252 or 311 if you or someone

Next meeting:

  • February 16, 2016 

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