WMAN aims to more than double its membership


As the fiscal year comes to a close, West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) is looking to aggressively recruit members for the community organization. The board has until June 30 to reach their goal of 1000 members. While the number is arbitrary, the intention is to close the budget gap with membership fees. Currently they have just over 400 members.

Vice President of Development and Communications, Chelsea Badeau, encouraged members to pass out post cards advertising the community group to neighbors. Badeau also said that a newsletter would be sent out to 4000 homes by next week.

In addition to a boost in membership, the group is also seeking nominations for the board of directors. Bylaws allow for up to 27 board members, and with 10 nominations already in place there is plenty of room for more.

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Additionally, the Executive Director position remains to be filled. Vacated by Lizabeth Macoretta, who resigned in April due to time demands beyond those laid out in the job description, the position remains billed as part-time.

“(We need) someone who can deal with the pressures of the job,” said board member Howard Bilofsky, stressing that the job may require more than the 20 hours the organization can afford to pay in a weekly salary.

Dan Rhoton, committee chair in the job search, joined the group by phone last night. Rhoton said that he would email a job description to the board to be evaluated prior to a meeting of the executive committee next Wednesday.

“We can take our time and do this properly,” Rhoton said, in reference to the fact that this time of year is not as eventful for the group.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30pm. This will be the annual meeting for WMAN and will consist of an election of officers and approval of the 2012 budget. The meeting will be held at Allen’s Lane Art Center and is open to the public.

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