Presidents Message – June 2014

Dear neighbors,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as NANA’s President. North Avondale has been my family’s home for the past 7 years, and we have enjoyed being part of this neighborhood since day one. The friendly and diverse people, the civic passion and voluntarism, and of course, the beautiful architecture and gardens in our neighborhood are amazing and well worth working hard for to preserve and improve.

NANA held the 53rd annual meeting on May 18th at the Community Friends Meetinghouse. A new board was elected, so please join me in thanking the outgoing board members for their great service, Maura Wolf (President) and Myles Harper (1st Vice President). A special thanks to Maura, who has been NANA’s exceptionally capable and passionate President for the past two years. She leaves large shoes to fill, but I am confident the new board will be strong and active, and as a team we will keep moving North Avondale forward. In addition to myself, the board will consist of Michael Caporale (1st Vice President), Marvin Masterson (2nd Vice President), Carolyn Gillman (3rd Vice President), Dana Winn (Corresponding Secretary), Nicole Patitucci (Recording Secretary), and Tom Wright (Treasurer).

We had two great guest speakers at the meeting. Patricia Garry, Executive Director for the Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati gaveus insight into what Community Development Corporations (CDCs)can do for a neighborhood and how her organization supports this. We also had a presentation by Ann Dougherty, Sustainability Director at Xavier on a Permaculture garden projecta team of students at Xavier is developing. A big thank you to both of them, and also to the Community Friends Meetinghouse for hosting our general meeting and to Valerie Williamswith Five Star Foodies for excellent catering of the event. (see pictures on page 2 and 5)

Finally, I hope that the school year is wrapping up well, and that everyone is enjoying being outside with the warmer temperatures and the pools open again! Have a greatsummer!

Hanne Loken Larsen