KPNA Annual Membership Meeting & Elections – January 15, 2019

Join us for KPNA’s 2019 Annual Membership Meeting on January 15!

The Annual Meeting is when members elect KPNA Officers and Directors for the year. If you are a resident of the Kennedy Park neighborhood, this is your opportunity to meet your fellow KPNA members and hear what we’ve been up to in 2018, and elect who you would like to serve as your KPNA leadership in 2019.

Annual Membership Meeting & Elections
Tuesday, January 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
KPNA Neighborhood Center – 1906 Linden St.

 All Kennedy Park residents are welcome! Must be a member to vote (see below).

What positions are being elected?

Seven Board of Directors positions and four Officer positions are being elected. An individual may serve as both a Director and an Officer if elected to both positions.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association. You may think of Directors as your elected representatives. Once members elect Directors, then the Directors vote on the business of the Association during the remainder of the year. Three Directors will serve until 2020, and four will serve until 2021.

Officers are the ‘executives’ of the Association. This means they are responsible for executing the decisions made by the Directors. There are four Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each Officer serves for one year, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

For complete descriptions and duties of the Board of Directors and each Officer position, please see the Officer/Board Descriptions on the Nomination Form. Or, refer to the KPNA bylaws.

Officers and members of the Kennedy Park neighborhood association celebrate the recent acquisition of their neighborhood center building at 1906 Linden, pictured.

Who may be nominated for a position?

Any member of the Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association in good standing may be nominated.

Who may vote?

Any member of the Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association in good standing may vote. You must be present to vote.

How do I become a member?

Membership is available to any resident, owner of a business, or representative of a religious institution or social service provider within the Kennedy Park neighborhood (see map).

There are two ways to join:

  1. Use this online form to join now

  2. Or, print and fill out this paper membership form (PDF), and return it to the KPNA Secretary at any meeting.

Are there dues?

Dues are voluntary. A suggested contribution of $5.00/month is requested to support KPNA’s activities. However, no member will be turned away due to an inability to pay dues.

How may I be nominated for an Officer or Director position?

There are two ways you may be placed on the ballot: 1) you may be nominated by the Nominations Committee, or 2) you may be nominated by ten Kennedy Park residents.

Nominations Committee. The nominations committee may nominate any KPNA member in good standing for an Officer or Director position. If you are interested in a position, you should notify the nominations committee and ask to be considered.

Nomination by Ten Residents. Alternatively, any KPNA member may be nominated with the signatures of ten Kennedy Park residents. These residents do not have to be active members. To submit a nomination, complete and return this nomination form (or submit similar information in writing) to the KPNA Secretary before the nominations deadline.

When is the nomination deadline?

All nominations must be submitted no later than December 31, 2018.

Who are the current Directors and Officers?

Board of Directors (2018):

  • Harry Gatlin
  • Jerry Green
  • Kelly Jay
  • Viola Sims
  • Ray Thompson
  • Jodie Thompson
  • Claudia Welch

Officers (2018):

  • President: Viola Sims
  • Vice President: Ray Thompson
  • Secretary (interim): Marilyn Gachaw
  • Treasurer: Kelly Jay

More information

For more information, please contact President Viola Sims (574-204-3407), Vice President Ray Thompson (574-340-6362), or Secretary Marilyn Gachaw (, or refer to the Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association bylaws.