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Board Members

2019 Executive Officers

President - Heather Wise Matlock

Vice President- Cassie Baker

Secretary - Wallace McKeel

Treasurer - Wayne Denley


A. The President shall: 

1. Preside at all meetings of the Foundation and of the Executive Board. 
2. Appoint chairs of and monitor the action of committees. 
3. Be a member ex-officio of all committees. 
4. Act in accordance with the rules of the Garden District Neighborhood Foundation. 
5. Oversee the activities of the Officers and Directors.

The Vice President shall: 
1. Preside at all meetings of the Foundation and of the Executive Board when the President is unavailable. 
2. Assist in monitoring the action of committees. 
3. Act in accordance with the rules of the Garden District Neighborhood Foundation. 
4. Assist in overseeing the activities of the Officers and Directors. 

The Secretary shall: 
1. Keep accurate minutes of Executive Board Meetings and Public Meetings. 
2. Keep a database of emails and addresses for board members and neighborhood volunteers. 
3. Keep a file of all Foundation documents and other information for future reference. 
4. Communicate with Board via email with reminders of upcoming meetings. 

The Treasurer shall: 
1. Keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures. 
2. Make disbursements of funds. 
3. Deposit all funds in the name of the Garden District Neighborhood Foundation in financial institutions as designated by the Executive Board. 
4. Present an accurate financial statement at every regular meeting of the Foundation, and at other times when requested by the President or the Executive Board. 
5. Coordinate and oversee collection of funds.

The Community and Government Liaison will be: 
1. Involved in community issues that affect neighbors 
2. Facilitate communication between the levels of city government and neighbors 
3. Form productive relationships with local government officials 
4. Monitor proposals and actions of town/city councils, zoning boards, zoning appeals boards, and any other legislative or regulatory agencies or officials below the state level whose actions can directly or indirectly affect the Garden District. 
5. Attend meetings of those bodies when possible, to become familiar with their policies, procedures and members. Assist neighbors in their dealings with local boards and agencies. 
6. Actively seek opportunities to include the Garden District’s community voice in decision-making. 
7. Serves as a primary contact for neighbors encountering problems like nuisance neighbors and properties to deal with local government agencies. 
8. Work with the Foundation to build and/or maintain good relations between neighbors and local officials. 

The Committee of Public Relations shall: 
1. Be responsible for promoting events. 
2. Schedule media appearances 
3. Help oversee Foundation social media presence

The Committee of Neighborhood Beautification shall: 
1. Oversee neighborhood Public Works (streets, parks, transportation) and beautification. 
2. Conduct the Yard of the Month program. 
3. Plan Neighborhood Clean-Up and Beautification Days. 
4. Cooperate with the Cleanest City Contest. 

The Committee of Youth and Education shall: 
1. Act as liaison to neighborhood schools, child care facilities and recreation programs. 
2. Coordinate projects, programs, and other events for neighborhood children. 

The Committtee of Neighborhood Watch shall: 
1. Establish and maintain a cooperative network of residents with block captains to protect themselves and their families, neighbors and community from crime. 
2. Work with law enforcement authorities to reduce crime through the Neighborhood Watch Program by performing community patrols to spot and report suspicious behavior. 
3. Also work with law enforcement authorities to understand crime patterns, 
maximize efforts of community patrollers and recommend remedies and deterrents. 
4. Encourage all residents to report all suspicious behavior and crime to law enforcement authorities.
5. Provide public safety information on such topics as Neighborhood Watch, crime prevention, home security and personal safety and cooperate with the block captains 

The Committee of Neighborhood Events shall: 
1. Be responsible for planning regular and special events for the Foundation.
2. Coordinate decorations, refreshments, and other appropriate items. 
3. Be responsible for welcoming attendees at meetings and collecting follow-up information such as name, address, and email addresses. 

Committees shall meet as necessary to accomplish the committee objectives.  All officer & committee terms expire with the Board on December 31st of each year.


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