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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Highlights from Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck; and Welcome to New ONSLRG Board Members

Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group hosted the 2013 edition of our Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck Supper on Monday evening with another good showing of neighbors, community stakeholders, and other friends of Old North.

Among the actions taken at the meeting, the following individuals were elected by ONSLRG’s members to serve on the ONSLRG Board, with terms running from February 2013 through February 2015:

  • David Eisenbraun (returning for another term on the Board), resident of 1400 block of Sullivan; senior engineer at Nidec Motors;
  • Graham Lane (also continuing service on the Board and currently serving as the Board’s Vice President), resident of 1300 block of North Market; sculptor / art instructor at St. Louis Community College;
  • Bryan Reckamp, resident of 1400 block of Sullivan; web developer / designer at Arsenal Studios;
  • Rev. Jonathan Stratton, executive director of Episcopal Services Corps (which recently purchased a home in Old North and will begin assigning interns to work with community-based organizations in the community in August) and Curate for Christ Church Cathedral.
In addition to these individuals, two others joining ONSLRG’s Board are:
  • Christina Blash, a member of Fresh Anointing Church (on Sullivan & N. 14th), as a presidential appointee; and
  • Terry Harris, a resident of 1300 block of North Market, who has accepted the opportunity to serve as co-chair of our Social Outreach Committee.
These new members will serve with members elected at the 2012 Annual Meeting and the chairs of ONSLRG’s five standing committees.   A full list can be found on the “Board” page of the “About Us” section of ONSL.org by clicking HERE.
Other scenes from the event:
Thank you to all who attended to celebrate the progress achieved in 2012 toward ONSLRG’s mission to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.  There is still much work to be done, so 2013 will continue to be another action-packed year of work.
ONSLRG staff and committee chairs presented information about the following upcoming events, programs or projects:
  • multiple neighborhood clean-up days, including the annual Brightside blitz weekend, April 6-7, and the St. Louis University “Showers of Service” Day on SaturdayApril 13, and other “Macho Action Group” board-up, clean-up Saturdays to be coordinated through the Real Estate Committee;
  • work days at the 13th Street Community Garden (Feb. 23 and March 16, both 9 a.m.-noon);
  • Neighborhood Open Meetings on the 4th Thursday of most months;
  • various tasks at Old North’s other community gardens, with plans to be discussed at the next Green Space Committee meeting on March 11 (6 p.m. at the ONSLRG office);
  • the ongoing “Brickstarter” campaign to support the preservation of historic buildings in Old North in need of stabilization, starting with the building at 1316 North Market;
  • the kick-off of several other public improvements on Saturday, April 27, including major enhancements of the Crown Square corner plaza area at N. 14th & St. Louis Avenue with Rebuilding Together and volunteers from Equifax, and work the 4 lots that will benefit from projects through the Sustainable Land Lab competition;
  • the 3rd Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser to benefit North City Farmers’ Market and the 13th Street Community Garden, scheduled for Friday, April 19;
  • the Annual Old North House & Community Tour, scheduled for Saturday, May 18;
  • the 7th season of North City Farmers’ Market, Saturday mornings, June 1-October 12.
Attendees had the opportunity to sign up to volunteer with all of the above and to participate on one of ONSLRG’s committees (Fund Raising, Green Space, Marketing, Real Estate, and Social Outreach).  If you missed the meeting and still want to get involved, please send an email to info@onsl.org or give us a call at 314-241-5031.

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