The Annual Meeting of the RHOA was held on Sunday, October 7, at Mohawk Elementary with numerous RHOA residents attending along with State Representative Stefani Carter, House District 201, City of Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Maczka, Councilman Scott Dunn, Councilman Amir Omar, Councilman Mark Soloman and Trustee Karen Ellis from the Richardson Independent School District.
President Richard Morrow called the meeting to order promptly at 2:00pm and gave a report for the year noting that the RHOA bank balance is currently approximately $5,000 ahead of last year. This year also saw the most successful membership campaign ever, measured on a financial basis, even through it was started late. The membership directory for 2012 is due to be delivered in October, also ahead of last year. The organization did everything that was done last year, plus more and also less. Fewer emails were forwarded from outside sources but more automation was put in place to make the organization more business-like and to achieve the corresponding economies, which resulted in our improved financial performance.
In 2012 RHOA held its annual garage sale, joined with JJ Pearce for the 4th of July Parade, held the very successful Round Up event in Mimosa Park with over 350 attending, and also held the block events for National Night Out. Yet to come is the Holiday in the Park. NOTE A DATE CHANGE – it is now Friday December 14 instead of Saturday, December 15 as previously announced.
Following the President’s report, Duff Bourassa, Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented a slate of officers for 2013:
Richard Morrow, President
Duff Bourassa, Vice President
Sol Stein, Treasurer
Lindsay Carlson, Secretary
Jessica Pillsbury, Events
The Membership and Communications chairs are open positions. Duff asked for other nominations from the floor and Ruthie Guten nominated Darrell Day for President. Duff removed the President’s position from the slate and the rest of the slate was elected unopposed. Residents present then voted by written ballot for President. Richard Morrow was re-elected President with 72% of the votes cast to 28% for Darrell Day.
Following the election, committee reports were given by Sol Stein, Treasurer, Jessica Denney, Membership, Jessica Pillsbury, Events, Tom Calvert, Crime Watch Patrol, and Bill McCalpin, Civic. Richard Morrow gave the report for Connection and Beautification noting that the previously delayed beautification project along Arapaho Road is due to start before the end of the year now that planting conditions have improved.
Deputy City Manager, David Morgan, gave an update on various City projects impacting the neighborhood including the Recreation Center on Arapaho Road and also the improvements to Melrose, which should be substantially finished in our neighborhood shortly after the first of next year.
Richard Morrow then presented Certificates of Achievement to Officers and others present. Certificates for approximately 80 volunteers who supported the RHOA in 2012 will be distributed over the next few days.
A general question and answer session was held allowing residents to ask any question of concern and receive an answer directly.
After the Q&A session Richard Morrow asked if there was any more business. There being none the meeting was adjourned at 3:30pm.