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Do you love your neighborhood? Do you wish that there was more you could do to take an active role in making Underwood Hills an even more amazing place to live?

Well you’re in luck, because the UHNA elections are right around the corner. The following positions are open to all who are interested. While one person is officially elected for each position, we encourage people to get involved in the committees, as many of the steering committee positions are best handled by a few people.  With a little time from some great neighbors, we can continue to ensure Underwood Hills is a great place to live!

Please contact Adam Karcz with questions or to express interest in a position.

Executive Committee

President – Presides over the Association

VP – Fills in for President as needed, handles special projects

Secretary – Keeps official records for the Association

Treasurer – Manages the funds of the Association 

Standing Sub-Committees

Beautification – Schedule neighborhood cleanups of entrances and common areas, coordinate with Park Committee on park cleanups and events Communications – Maintains all communications and sponsorship for the Association including the website, eNewsletter, annual printed news flyer, and sponsorships.  This is best served by a committee consisting of: Sponsorship – Solicit sponsorship, keep record of sponsors, maintain sponsorship rate sheet, follow up on all new sponsor requests, receive and review sponsorship and coordinate with newsletter Webmaster – Update calendar on UHNA website, add news and announcements submitted by board members, work with Treasurer to keep hosting and domain accounts up to date, and post meeting minutes Newsletter – Collect newsletter items from committee members, edit content, publish regular eNewsletters, publish at least one printed newsletter/flyer annually

Land Use and Planning – Leads the Planning Committee, represents the interests of Underwood Hills in zoning and development related issues facing the neighborhood, coordinates code enforcement issues

Membership – Responsible for maintaining the membership list in conjunction with the Treasurer and Secretary, encourage membership in the Association, coordinate an annual membership drive

Play Group – Coordinate Play Group activities such as Friday play dates at the park, Halloween Party, Easter Egg Hunt; collect Play Group dues and deliver to Treasurer; encourage payment of Play Group dues to fund activities

Social/Welcome – Organize social activities for Underwood Hills residents (such as the annual Spring Social) and welcome new residents to the neighborhood

Traffic and Safety – Coordinate with the City of Atlanta and Underwood Hills residents and businesses to develop and maintain a safe environment in Underwood Hills, including communicating with APD contacts, posting crime reports, organizing neighborhood watch or patrol (if applicable), working with Department of Public Works on traffic related issues

Elections – Identify and/or recruit candidates to run for each elected position, educate residents on the positions available, encourage involvement in the Steering Committee

It’s official! Underwood Hills joins many other Atlanta neighborhoods with employing a private Security Patrol staffed by Atlanta Police Department officers to help ensure our safety and act as a deterrent to crime in our area. The Patrol is officially underway as of the week of August 1 and officers will be actively patrolling our neighborhood. The times and dates of shifts will not be published in advance. The intent is to staff shifts randomly and based upon current and historic crime trends. We don’t want the potential bad guys to know the schedule and work around it. We are starting with three shifts per week and may increase that as time goes on and we can continue to collect more contributions. Yard signs for Patrol members were made available this week and we encourage all to proudly and prominently display their sign. Det. Kevin Leonpacher from the Atlanta Police Department came to our July UHNA meeting and spoke about the Patrol and how it will work (www.underwoodhills.org/july-meeting-minutes). We are pleased to finally have the Patrol off the ground and want to encourage you to join if you have not already. Please consult the Security Patrol page (www.underwoodhills.org/security-patrol/) for details, FAQs, and contribution information.

Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association, Minutes of the General Meeting: July 11, 2016 – 7:00PM

I. Meeting was called to order at 7:10 by Kristin Olson

II. Community Developments a. Pam Lu presented information regarding 21st Century STEM Academy, a new K‐8 private school near Emory U, opening Fall 17. MIssion is to provide a more affordable, high‐level private school alternative. b. Update from Elizabeth Vason Hollister ( elizabeth@westsidecid.org ) from the newly formed Westside “CID” (Community Improvement District). Howell Mill Corridor businesses opt in to special CID tax, with expected $400‐500k in funds managed by a Board made up of CID‐member businesses.

III. Officer Reports a. Ryan Sheets, Treasurer, reported that finances are in good shape. With the additional Membership Dues gained at Spring Social, plus sponsorships, and expense control, we are on track to have a small surplus for the year, barring any significant unexpected expenses. Expecting a $4000 contribution from 1824 DeFoor to come later in the year.

IV. Committee Reports ‐ consider joining one of our committees! a. Ben Hudgins, Chairman of Land Use & Planning Committee advised that deferments are no longer allowed for “NPU” (Neighborhood Planning Units) decisions, Yes/No only. b. Ivy Way, Membership Chairman advised that membership is slightly up vs last year, mainly from new members gained at Spring Social. Number of UNHA Members is still a small % of total UH “NextDoor” members. Everyone keep recruiting your neighbors. c. Traffic & Safety report by Michael McLaughlin was focused on the Security Patrol project. We have raised $35k or our $40k goal and hope to have the Patrol started sometime in August. Working on securing the additional insurance coverage needed and yard signs for participants. Detective Kevin Leonpacher (14‐year APD veteran) coordinates several area Patrols and was our special guest. He described the Patrol operations in more detail. A lot of detailed information concerning the Patrol is available on the UHNA website, and be sure to check the FAQ section.

V. New Business a. Cynthia Williams gave several updates on community involvement opportunities. Look for updates on all of these on NextDoor: i. “Push Back” celebration to install the new fire engine at our local station will be held soon. ii. Atlanta Community Emergency Response Team ‐ training citizens in emergency preparedness, no cost. iii. Citizens Fire Academy, a hands‐on, 6 wk course to inform and educate Atlanta residents about their fire department and its operations. Applications are being taken.

VI. Thank you to Red Brick Brewery and our 2016 sponsors: a. 1824 DeFoor http://www.1824defoor.com/ b. Keller Williams Peachtree Rd ‐ Ashley Vierra http://www.ashleyvierra.kwrealty.com c. Collier Chiropractic http://www.collierchiropractic.net/ d. Comfort Shield Heating and A/C http://www.comfortshieldhvac.com/ e. Florist Atlanta http://www.floristatlanta.biz/ f. Fusion CPA http://fusiontaxes.com/ g. Moncrief Heating & Air http://moncriefair.com/

VII. Next UNHA meeting will be Monday, September 12, location TBA.

VIII. Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

It’s that time of year again… our annual Spring Social is right around the corner! Save the date of Saturday, May 21 at 4pm at Underwood Hills Park for an afternoon of food, fun, music, and time with your neighbors as we celebrate our great neighborhood! There will be Underwood Hills merchandise for sale, a raffle to raise funds for the neighborhood, games for the kids, and more. If you are not a current UHNA member, you can join or renew your membership here. If you have items to contribute to the raffle or would like to sponsor the social, please contact Chris LeCraw for information on sponsorship opportunities and recognition.

There will be a hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the appeal of the administrative variances granted in the Special Administrative Permit (SAP) for QuikTrip’s proposed development on Howell Mill between Defoor and Chattahoochee.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 7 at noon in City Council Chambers at City Hall (55 Trinity Avenue).  If you are interested in this development, it is very important to attend this meeting!  More information can be found in the links below.

Read the appeal Jim Martin’s (appellant) write-up for the BPNA Newsletter

We have a lot of fun events going on in March!

What: Spring Park Clean Up When: Saturday, March 12 9AM-12PM Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: Help us keep our neighborhood’s green center beautiful! We’ll be mulching, pruning, planting, weeding, and freshening it up for Spring! If you can’t make it but would like to make a financial contribution to our Beautification Fund, please email us.

What: UHNA General Meeting When: Monday, March 14 7-8PM Where: 1824 Defoor Clubhouse (1824 Defoor Ave) Why: We’ll have wine and appetizers and enjoy time to socialize as well as see the new 1824 Defoor Apartments. We’ll also be taking a vote on a Resolution in Support of the QT Appeal. Learn more in our March eNewsletter.

What: Play Group Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, March 19 at 4PM SHARP Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: It’s our annual egg hunt! You’ll need one dozen filled eggs per child. Please see our March eNewsletter for details.

Join us for the first UHNA meeting of 2016!  The agenda will include a vote on our 2016 operating budget and a discussion with our Traffic & Safety Chair and an APD Officer on crime trends, security, and related matters.  The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and will be done by 8:00 PM.  The TVs will be on so you won’t miss the pre-game festivities of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.  Thanks to Red Brick Brewing Company for hosting us and providing the beer!  Don’t forget to join or renew your membership for 2016.

Who: YOU! What: UHNA Meeting When: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Where: Red Brick Brewing Company, 2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW Why: Why not!?

Due to rain predicted for Saturday, the 2015 UHNA Spring Social has been moved to Sunday, April 26 from 4PM-7PM in Underwood Hills Park. Come get to know more of your neighbors in our beautiful park. There will be food and drinks, as well as a bounce house for the kids and a raffle. Raffle tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. Lots of local businesses and individuals have chipped in to make this a great event. Check out some of the prizes:

Chick-fil-A party pack courtesy of Chick-fil-A Howell Mill Willy’s party pack courtesy of Willy’s Howell Mill Ormsby’s Gift Cards & Swag courtesy of Ormsby’s Flip Burger Gift Card courtesy of Flip Burger Howell Mill Verde Gift Cards courtesy of Verde Taqueria $100 Florist Atlanta Gift Card courtesy of Florist Atlanta 5 Seasons Happy Hour for 10 courtesy of 5 Seasons Westside Underwood Hills Flag Strongbox West Passes courtesy of Strongbox West Two $50 gift certificates for VHS to DVD conversion courtesy of Abracadabra Video CrossFit North Atlanta passes and BodPod assessment courtesy of CrossFit North Atlanta Monogrammed Item courtesy of Keeping You In Stitches 2 Weekday nights in the Rockhouse cottage in Dahlonega courtesty of Tawn Chi Platter of Sandwiches & Sides courtesy of Lunch Box Atlanta

Other Donations Provided By:

Beer provided by Monday Night Brewing Pittypat’s Porch BBQ dinner made possible by a donation from Allen & Natalie Shpigel Beverages provided by Circle K Chattahoochee Avenue

 

LaAmistad is a 501(c)3 providing after school mentoring and tutoring for the students of local schools. They are in need of volunteers.

Since 2001, LaAmistad After School has experienced exponential growth in supporting Latino students throughout the Atlanta/Buckhead area. A program that started with a little over 30 students as a ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, is now supporting over 200 students throughout 6 different after school locations as a 501(c)3 non profit.

LaAmistad supports Latino students and their families by providing a comprehensive support system through tutoring, mentoring, and resources that promotes academic, physical and personal growth.

When our students receive the appropriate support, they have an opportunity to succeed. Get involved now! There are many ways to get involved with LaAmistad and the families it serves. There is no need to be bilingual or have a teaching background.

• Volunteer as a tutor or a mentor at any of our program locations • Plan a school supply drive • Host a Back to School Bash or similar fundraiser • Be a volunteer greeter at any of our sites

Make a donation to LaAmistad! For more information, go to www.laamistadinc.org. You may also e-mail info@laamistadinc.org or call 404-842-5873.

In order to register Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association as a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization, changes to the UHNA Bylaws have been proposed.  The changes will be voted upon at the general meeting on March 9, 2015 at 7PM at the Defoor Centre. The redlined version of the proposed by-laws can be downloaded as a PDF.