June 2012 message and meeting info,

The June 2012 civic league meeting will be held on the 18th at 6:45pm at the Fitness and Wellness Center.
The Agenda includes invitations to: Sharon Chamberlin, Acting Police Chief, and Rick Dempsey, Engineer
Norfolk Department of Utilities who will provide an update on Pump Station, Neighborhood Sewer Repairs.

Here is President Jim English’s message for June 2012:


Dear Neighbors,

Summer is just around the corner and schools will be out and hopefully we will all enjoy some vacation time. Hopefully this summer will be great and we will once again be spared any major hurricanes just like we were last year. However make sure you are prepared just in case. Over the summer please continue to enjoy the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center. There are over 7000 members now. If you are not a member please consider joining. Please take advantage of this facility in our back yard.

Ordinarily the June meeting would mark the last meeting of the first half of the civic league year until we resume our schedule again in September. However this year we will have a July meeting. The membership voted to hold a July meeting at our last June meeting. There is quite a lot happening in our area right now and the membership felt it would be a good idea to remain informed during the summer. Therefore we will have a July 16th meeting at 645PM at the Wellness Center. We will not have a newsletter in July however. We will post the meeting notice on our website and email our membership of the meeting. We will not have a meeting in August.

I wish to thank Barbara Ross for her dedicated service as our newsletter editor. She has done an excellent job of preparing the newsletter each month. This takes a significant amount of time to complete and Barbara’s newsletters are informative and always on time. Barbara, we thank you for your service and look forward to your newsletters again in the fall. Enjoy your two months of newsletter free time. Speaking of keeping us informed, a hearty thanks goes to Martin Thomas Jr. for keeping our website www.wardscorner.com  up to date and informative. We also thank Martin for the good work he is doing on the Planning Commission for our area and the city. Also a special thanks to Joan Griffey and Ray Duron for keeping the records of our meetings and ensuring that our finances are in order. Joan, also thank you for your continued efforts as Chair of the Beautification Committee with the Greater Wards Corner Task Force. Joan is now also the Secretary of the Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues. A thank you also to our 2nd VP Sue Classick for organizing the delivery of our newsletters each month with our many newsletter carriers. Thanks also to our many newsletter carriers for their time in delivering our newsletters to you. This also is no small task. It is yet another valuable service that we are providing to all of the residents of the Wards Corner Civic League area. It is also the envy of many of the civic leagues in the Greater Wards Corner area as well as citywide. Thanks also to Betty and Ray Duron for organizing and conducting our Adopt-a-Spot street cleanups over the last several years. Thanks also to the members of our civic league who help in each of these cleanups.  Thank you all for your service.

Finally, I extend a very grateful thanks to all of our paid members for your continuing support and attendance at our monthly meetings. Your presence and input at our meetings is much appreciated. Please tell your neighbors to join us in attendance and membership as more numbers mean a bigger voice at city hall.

One thing is for sure. The dedication and commitment of the membership of the Greater Wards Task Force, and area Civic Leagues (including and especially ours) will continue the push with our city elected officials and senior city management staff to help us correct and develop the area and rid it of the dysfunctional and criminal ement that has unfortunately been drawn to the area. We will not be taking the summer off but will continue our fight. Please join us in that fight as numbers speak to elected officials.

Please have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer. We will continue our work to improve our area throughout the summer. We hope to see you again in June and July and then in the fall at our September meeting.


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