Board Positions Open

In preparation for the April WCA Annual Meeting, we seek applications for Officer and Director positions for the WCA Board.  Please consider taking an active role in community affairs and use your interests and expertise for the betterment of Woodberry.

Applications can be submitted through March 31.

Annual Board Positions (office is one year but has no term limit)

All applicants and Board members must maintain membership requirements

Annual Board Positions (office is one year but has no term limit)

Board members must maintain membership requirements, return signed Conflict of Interest form to WCA Secretary within 10 days of confirmed election, maintain pertinent files in approved

Google Drive and actively attend meetings and events

Officers of the Board

 

  1. The President shall preside over all meetings of the Members, the Board of Directors and Officers of the They will prepare or cause to be prepared the agenda for meetings. The President may sign all contracts and agreements in the name of the Corporation after the Officers of the Board have approved them, serve as the representative of the Corporation in meetings and discussions with other organizations and agencies, act as a liaison between the other officers and members of the Board of Directors, committee chairpersons, and otherwise perform all of the duties that are ordinarily the function of the office, or as assigned by the Board. The President shall appoint all committee chairpersons, when appropriate, in consultation with Board members. The President shall ensure that all vital papers and property of the Corporation are transferred to the appropriate incoming Directors, Officers, and committee chairpersons. The WCA Google Drive will be used for permanent retention of records and histories.

 

  1. The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President if the President is unable to do so or is absent; perform such other tasks as may be assigned by the Board, monitor membership dues along with the Secretary, maintain shared file of name, job title, email, phone number and address of City, State, and local contacts, and at the request of the President, assist in the performance of the duties of the In the event that the office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice-President shall automatically become President. They will maintain and share electronically with the Board Officers, all materials of the Corporation. The WCA Google Drive will be used for permanent retention of records and histories.

 

  1. The Secretary shall keep accurate records and minutes of all meetings of the Corporation; make available copies of the minutes of the previous meeting and distribute them in advance of each meeting; cause to be delivered all notices of meetings to those persons entitled to vote at such meetings; maintain the minutes book of the Corporation and a current listing, with phone numbers and addresses (including mail and email), of the Directors and Members; and maintain a current membership roster and make such roster available at all meetings where votes may be They or their delegate will solicit and collect membership funds at community meetings and events. The Secretary will manage the general email or listserv file. They will maintain and share electronically with the Board Officers, all materials of the Corporation. The WCA Google Drive will be used for permanent retention of records and histories.

 

  1. The Treasurer shall oversee the deposit of funds of the Corporation into the proper accounts of the Corporation within ten days of receipt; the recordation of all receipts and disbursements from such account or accounts; pay all bills and invoices within 30 days of receipt, or by the due date, whichever is sooner; the preparation of the books and records of the finances of the Corporation; the preparation of financial reports of the accounts for each Board meeting; and the preparation and filing of all end of year financial reports and federal and state tax They will make all records available to the President and Board of Directors and will maintain and share electronically with the Board Officers, all materials of the Corporation, and upon the request of either, shall give an account of the Corporation’s transactions and financial status. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of annual dues from members, timely communication with the Secretary of new or renewed membership, and when deemed necessary by the Board, will maintain all insurance policies. The Treasurer will maintain and share electronically with the Board Officers, all materials of the Corporation. The WCA Google Drive will be used for permanent retention of records and histories.

 

Board Director Positions

CLEAN & GREEN DIRECTOR: Organizes events to engage the community in beautification projects and volunteer opportunities. Ideal candidate is involved in networking and promoting activities of various eco/greening non-profits working within Woodberry and the Jones Falls Mill Valley. Semi-annual participation in Mayor’s Clean-up (April & October). Maintenance of the Woodberry Sign garden and/or community open space as they develop. Prepare and have issued meeting minutes and event news with approval of Officers of the Board. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum). Other responsibilities as they develop. Documentation and use of WCA Google Drive is required.

COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR: Idea candidate is social media savvy. Acts to gather, edit and publish pertinent news and announcements within Woodberry and adjacent Jones Falls Mill Valley. Solicits Board updates for publication. Develops and publishes monthly e-newsletter, promotes Woodberry via website, FaceBook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram or relevant social media outlets. Grammar, writing, fact checking, proofreading and web skills/template management desirable. Prepare and have issued meeting minutes and event news with approval of Officers of the Board. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum). Other responsibilities as they develop. Documentation and use of WCA Google Drive is required.

FUNDRAISING/GRANT WRITING DIRECTOR: Ability to research grant opportunities, write and submit grants, coordinate with Treasurer for funds, monitor compliance and completes/files requirements pertaining to grants awarded to WCA. Publish via the e-newsletter award announcements and project updates pertaining to the grant. Event fundraising via sponsor donations desirable. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum). They will maintain and share electronically with the Board Officers, all materials of the Corporation. Other responsibilities as they develop. Documentation and use of WCA Google Drive is required.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION DIRECTOR They will have knowledge of Baltimore City’s Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) codes and act as Woodberry’s liaison with City and non-profits for the preservation of Woodberry’s mill and manufacturing heritage. They will chair and/or delegate, with Officers of the Board approval, Woodberry’s architectural review panel, if formed. The ideal candidate will attend and advocate Woodberry’s position at various Baltimore City Hearings. Prepare and have issued meeting minutes and event news with approval of Officers of the Board. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum). Other responsibilities as they develop. Documentation and use of WCA Google Drive is required.

PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: Ideal candidate will participate in/on the Northern District Community Relations Council meeting held six times annually at the Northern District Police Station, organize crime walks with our police representative(s), track and communicate crime in the community with our police liaison. Prepare and have issued meeting minutes and event news with approval of the Officers of the Board. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum).Other responsibilities as they develop.

Documentation and use of WCA Google Drive is required.

SOCIAL DIRECTOR: Responsible for social opportunities that promote meet and mingle both for membership, WCA committees and the greater Woodberry community. Annually plan the Hangout, our community block party, and National Night Out (August). The ideal candidate will have strong event planning, volunteer coordination, organization and/or executive assistant skills. Position involves grant writing and/or securing sponsor donations. Prepare and have issued meeting minutes and event news as approved by the Officers of the Board. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum). Other responsibilities as they develop. Documentation and use of WCA Google Drive is required.

ZONING & LAND USE (ZLU)DIRECTOR: The ideal candidate will have personal work/scheduling flexibility as this position requires attendance and testimony at various Baltimore City Hearings (estimate 5-9 x annually). They will attend developer meetings, have knowledge of various City Codes and Ordinances, maps and resources, works closely with City Planning, CHAP, Liquor Board, the Housing department and other City agencies as necessary. The ZLU Director will draft position statements and/or letters for the President’s signature . Additionally they may be requested to represent Woodberry’s interest by attendance/coordination with Hampden and Medfield associations. Prepare and have issued meeting minutes and event news as approved by the Officers of the Board. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum).Other responsibilities as they develop. Documentation and use of WCA Google Drive is required.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Manages and coordinates with Officers of the Corporation, the membership list to include communication with the Treasurer for check deposits.  Maintains accurate records of new and renewal membership via PayPal and Square. Researches address discrepancy and/or additional member. Retains records per Corporation guidelines. Participates and solicits membership at Open Meetings and community events. Attends and briefs the Board (6 x annually minimum). Other responsibilities as they develop.

 

Congratulations to our new WCA President and Treasurer

Announcing new WCA officers

Congratulations to Alyssa Brown and Marian Glebes, our newly appointed President and Treasurer. The current WCA board met and voted to appoint and approve them to fill the open positions in accordance with paragraph 5.d. of the WCA Bylaws. Both Alyssa and Marian have been active WCA members and we are looking forward to their leadership.  Tracey Brown will continue to serve as Secretary. Christopher Whipps will continue as the Public Safety Director.  We will be sharing additional information about opportunities to get more involved with the WCA by joining a committee in the near future.

Many thanks to Sheri Higgins, our outgoing President, who tirelessly worked for the community. Her many accomplishments include creating the Woodberry Hangout, creating and maintaining both the sign garden and the plantings along 41st St, leading Woodberry to become a Local Historic District, and so much more. Her contributions are too numerous for this post.

Alyssa Brown has been a Baltimore City resident for more than ten years and a homeowner in Woodberry since 2016.  According to Alyssa, “Many things drew me to Woodberry when I made the decision to buy a house, including its history, architecture, and its proximity to the light rail.  The ease of access to the city and all its resources combined with the large green spaces and ability to have a small garden of my own made it the perfect fit.  

I recognize that Woodberry is changing and want to make sure the community has a seat at the table as development impacting the neighborhood continues. I believe building on and broadening the existing processes to elicit feedback from the community and ensure transparency is critical as we move forward. I played an active role in the most recent effort to secure a Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) designation since the demolition of the stone houses in May 2019. I bring a combination of skills which I think would serve the community well, including a background in grassroots organizing and coalition building. It would be an honor to continue to serve the community going forward.”

Marian Glebes has been a resident of the Jones Falls River Valley for 20 years, and a homeowner on Brick Hill since 2013. According to Marian, “For these past two decades, I have worked with and across diverse and inclusive communities, geographies, and stakeholders due to my dedication and commitment to engagement, equitable development, and the power of people and art to change the City. I am compelled to service in Woodberry and Baltimore by all of the complexities in the questions ‘How we make a place, and how a place makes us.’

Through my work in the private sector in community economic development, in the non-profit sector working alongside City agencies to lower barriers for artists and makers in policy and practice, in academia as a teacher in higher-ed, in my art practice that ranges from working in museums to working in the public realm, in already serving the WCA by playing an active role in the recent CHAP designation, in grassroots activism and organizing with and alongside neighborhood associations across Baltimore, I have a history of showing up and serving the people and places around me.”

 

CHAP Hearing for 3535 Clipper Rd- September 8, 1:00 pm (online)- UPDATE- This portion of the hearing is cancelled

UPDATE: The plans for 3535 Clipper Rd will not be reviewed at the September 8 hearing as previously announced. The developer is reviewing CHAP input for height and mass and will reschedule at a later date.

Original post- The development team for Kathy Jenning will present their concept for the 3rd lot on Clipper Road. This is the metal building lot.  “The hearing will chiefly be about height, massing, and scale, which is how CHAP handles large new construction.  The finer design details and materials are reviewed at subsequent hearings”. Below are links to the presentation and instructions on how to log into the hearing.

Click here to see the presentation

Click here to see the buildings “ghosted in”

WCA Meeting with Baltimore DOT- September 16, 7pm (online)

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation will present their concept and take your questions and comments for traffic calming along Druid Park Drive at the Parkdale and 41st intersections. Your voice is important. Please join us for this important update. Click here to see the full version of the plans.


Baltimore City DOT/WCA Virtual Meeting using Webex
Wednesday, September 16th 7 pm

Link to join meeting: https://bmore.webex.com/webappng/sites/bmore/meeting/download/139f0a2769e9475fad6b9b7d6ba3f695?siteurl=bmore&MTID=mc8179539d71756768f117236d60a4386

Meeting number (access code): 129 475 4488
Meeting password: bXrf3wTk8m8

Tap to join from a mobile device:
+1-408-418-9388,,1294754488## United States Toll

Or join by phone: 1 (408) 418-9388

Hampden Woodberry Medfield Livable Neighborhoods Grant open for applications! Due 8/31

Applications are open for the Hampden Woodberry Medfield Livability Grant
Applications are open for the Hampden Woodberry Medfield Livability Grant. Applications due 8/31/20

The $5,000 Hampden Woodberry Medfield Livable Neighborhoods Grant is now open for applications. Past grant awards within Woodberry were awarded for repair of the Welcome to Woodberry sign, a RotoTiller for the Rockrose City Garden and landscaping at the Zen Garden. Applications are due on August 31, 2020. Projects must be located within Woodberry, Hampden, or Medfield and address a community enhancement project. See the guidelines here or at the link below for more details.

http://aboutwoodberry.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Grant-Application-Guidelines.pdf

WCA July 2020 online community meeting

WCA July Community Meeting

The Woodberry Community Association hosts its July meeting on Thursday the 16th, 7pm online via Zoom (from computer or call-in).

Register here to receive the link to Thursday’s meeting.

When you register, you will be able to join from a computer or by dialing in to the meeting. For any questions about joining the meeting, or becoming a WCA member, email WCA Secretary Tracey Brown at secretary@aboutwoodberry.com

Meeting Agenda:

  • Update on the proposed development of the Schenuit property
  • Update on 2087 Druid Park Drive.