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From our Councilman:
Ward 3 Neighborhood Safety Summit and Town Hall Meeting!
WHEN: Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 till 8:30 p.m. or as questions & comments remain!
WHERE: Blue Ridge Elementary School Cafeteria, 3700 Woodland Dr.
Come meet our 3rd Ward Councilman, Karl Skala and several city leaders including Police Chief Ken Burton and a cadre of command staff and patrol officers.
Come find out how we can support a Neighborhood Watch Program and work together to reduce CRIME in North East Columbia. Find out what you can do to help city officials combat CRIME in your neighborhood. This is your opportunity to participate – please come and bring your neighbors!
More info: Karl Skala @ 474-2195 or Ward3@GoColumbiaMo.com
Martha and I won’t be able to attend, but I hope that someone from our neighborhood will be able to be there and will report on it.
I just wanted to give a brief recap of our neighborhood party and business meeting last night.
First off – thanks to all who came. Special thanks to Jayne and Greg Wack for hosting the event on their lovely patio, and to Bob Hutton for helping supply the tables and coolers!
We had a great turnout for the party, about 75 people all told, when you include our guests from the Police and Fire Departments. KOMU did a segment on the news last night about the city-wide event, which pretty much featured nothing but footage from our party. If you didn’t see it, you can check it out here, with a related story on the Night Out here (that’s Greg burnin’ the burgers in the photo!). The food was excellent, and the company was even better. We got to meet our new neighbors (perhaps a spotlight introduction on them later) and everyone certainly seemed to enjoy themselves.
The business portion of our evening was brief but productive. First, Jean Leonatti, current President of the Country Club Board gave an update on the latest things happening with the Club and answered some questions. We had reports from the CCENA officers (short version – everything is going fine, we haven’t spent any money, and the new directory will be available soon), and then we made a change to the Bylaws to make the annual $5.00 membership fee entirely optional. We discussed re-activating the Neighborhood Watch program (more on that to come), and street lighting. The possibility of expanding the Association to include the adjoining neighborhood to the north was discussed, but we decided not to act on that at this time. Then, since there were no new candidates for office, we elected the current slate of officers to serve another term. (Perhaps we’ll get out on good behaviour next year.)
The meeting was over by 7:20, and a goodly number of people stayed for another hour or so to chat and enjoy the delightful evening.
Again, thanks to all who were able to attend.
Greetings! Just thought that I would post the Tentative Agenda for the CCENA Annual Meeting, 8/4/09:
I. Call to Order
II. Officer’s Reports
III. New Business
A. Changes to Bylaws
B. Formation of a Neighborhood Watch Program
C. Neighborhood “Garage Sale”
D. Expansion of Neighborhood Association/Change of name
E. Other business/concerns?
IV. Election of Officers
V. Close Meeting.
About the election of officers: The current officers are willing to continue service in their offices, but would welcome anyone who would like to stand for election. If you are interested, but have questions about what is involved, feel free to drop me an email or chat with me at the party before the business meeting gets started (about 7:00).
See you Tuesday!
Randy Kilgore dropped me a note the other day, asking whether we had noted the passing of long-time neighbor Raymond Brady.
“No,” I replied, “Martha and I hadn’t heard the news.”
So it is possible that you haven’t either.
Mr. Brady passed away on June 11, and was buried in the Columbia Cemetery. In addition to the usual details of a public life one would find about such a well-known leader of the community, the obituary in the Columbia Tribune had this more personal note:
Raymond’s athletic pursuits included football at Hickman and pitching baseball for Columbia American Legion, Ban Johnson and the Old Columbia Merchants. He tried out with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1940, was considered one of Columbia’s better three-cushion billiard players, played piano for many years with the Boone Docs, a local band that raised funds for needy medical students, was an avid fisherman, having fished most lakes and streams in Missouri and went on many trips to Canada and Mexico.
I think sometimes we lose track of the personal. Our friends, family, and neighbors are more than just simple facts on a page, but that is often all that is left of us as far as the public is concerned. If you have a story about Mr. Brady you would like to share, please feel free to do so in a comment, or come and share it with others in person on Tuesday. That seems to be the best way to honor his memory.