VaHi Annual Board Election Meeting

Please make plans to attend this meeting Tuesday, the 22nd at 7 at Inman School. There will be some exciting news about the financial outcome of this year’s Summerfest. Pat Gardner has been invited to make a report about Oxendine’s new eastside highway plans he is making part of his governorship campaign. Unfortunately, I will have to miss this meeting due to Citizen’s Police Academy class that evening – we will be at the new 911 downtown call center and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to see this new facility. Can only be at one place at a time.


2008 Annual Board Meeting & Elections

Location: Inman Middle School cafeteria, 774 Virginia Ave

Police Update: Lt. Boyce (John Wolfinger to introduce)
Announcements Home Tour, etc.
City: Anne Fauver
New School: Susie Lazega/Mary Stouffer
Neighborhood Commercial: Steering Committee/John Peak
Historic Initiative: Lola Carlisle
Library Lots/Summerfest: Pamela Papner
VHCA Election Candidate Introductions
VHCA Budget Overview: Karen Page
2008 Grants: Board
Aaron Gross Award Board

Please take a moment to review candidate candidate bios. You are welcome to bring a pre-filled copy of the ballot, but you must have proof of residency in the neighborhood and deliver your ballot in-person.


2004 Annual Meeting

VHCA thanks you for your participation at the 2004 Annual Meeting. More than 90 neighbors attended the dinner and meeting, along with City representatives and elected officials. Thanks to the Inman Middle School PTA for arranging the burrito dinner and tours of the newly remodeled school.


The 2004-2005 Board of Directors was elected during the meeting and includes:

John Craft
Kevin Cronin
Chip Gallagher
Rob Glancy
Moshe Haspel
Paula Hyman
Jean Jordan
Ken McDuffie
Wiley Sommerville
Barbara Touchette
David Vaughan

Alternate: Mike Harrison

2004-2005 Grant Recipients

VHCA did very well financially this year, due in part to a successful Summerfest. The organization is pleased to announce the grant recipients this year:

Morningside Elementary School PTA
Inman Middle School PTA
Grady High School PTA
Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools
Ponce Library
Trees Atlanta
Piedmont Park
Freedom Park
Zone 6 Police
Firehouse 19
Orme Park

1st Annual Aaron Gross Community Service Award

A very special award was introduced at the annual meeting — the Aaron Gross Community Service Award. In honor of the late Aaron Gross, a very active neighbor who was instrumental in the creation of Summerfest, this award honors a very special person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. We are pleased to announce Cynthia Gentry, the creator and developer of the Cunard Memorial Playground as the first recipient of this award. Cynthia received a beautiful Froebel award and $1,000 to donate to a charity. Congratulations, Cynthia! We appreciate all your hard work and dedication. You certainly created a beautiful park and addition to the neighborhood!

2003-02-24: Broken sidewalk? We can help!

by Chip Gallagher

Imagine taking a nice stroll from Amsterdam to Ponce on any side of the street in Virginia Highland. Now imagine that the sidewalk you’re on is perfectly smooth and pedestrian friendly: no cracks, no missing pavers, no sink holes. One of our main projects this fiscal year is to repair all or at least a sizeable portion of the sidewalks in our neighborhood. We will pay 50% of the cost of the sidewalk repair, up to $500.

Getting your sidewalk repaired is cheaper and easier than you can imagine because if you use the city to make the repairs you only pay for the sidewalk materials. I had a portion of my sidewalk repaved by the city for a cost of $280. The Virginia Highland Civic Association reimbursement would now be $140 (At the time the reimbursement was 25% so I received $70.) The board has allocated $10,000 of this year’s budget to fix our sidewalks.

What you need to do if you are interested in fixing your sidewalk:

1. Call the city’s streets number at 404-330-6245 and set up an appointment to have someone inspect your property and write up an estimate and work order. Get a name and a direct number of your contact so you can follow up on your work order.

2. Make sure you have a receipt from the city for the work that was done on your sidewalk. We cannot reimburse you if you do not have a receipt. Make an additional copy for your records.

3. Send the receipt to Wiley Sommerville at 858 Adair Ave. or call him at 404-881-1003.

If you have any questions feel free to call me at 404-651-1853.

2004-02-24: Inside VHCA

Committees and Chairs

The VHCA and the Virginia-Highland neighborhood thrives through community activism and awareness. We need and welcome your involvement in any of our committees. You can join through any of the emails listed below or by expressing an interest at any of our monthly meetings.

Parenting and Education

As Virginia-Highland continues to be a favorite place to live, more and more families with children are part of our neighborhood. To ensure that VHCA addresses their needs as well as the rest of the community, this new committee will focus on family and children issues in the areas of play space, safety, accessibility and child-friendly neighborhood enhancements.

Chair: Jean Jordan


The VHCA seeks to preserve and maintain the neighborhood parks and other green spaces within our community. Specifically, we will:

  1. Support the efforts of the John Howell Park Projects in developing the park in accordance with the approved master plan.
  2. Provide input and support of the reviewed master plan for Piedmont Park.
  3. Encourage the planting and maintenance of trees along the commercial and residential rights-of-way.
  4. Oppose the proliferation of signs and billboards that encroach on trees and public green spaces.
  5. Provide an avenue for community interface with the City of Atlanta concerning the design, maintenance and safety of public parks, recreational facilities and green spaces in Virginia-Highland.

Scheduling Events at John Howell or Orme Park:

  • For what the City considers a park activity, a small gathering that doesn’t include tents, stages, alcohol or vending, visit the City of Atlanta Bureau of Parksonline. At the bottom of the page, you will see a link to the application form. The city can’t accept an application online, but they will accept a fax.
  • If you have questions about larger festivals or gatherings along the scope of Summerfest that utilize any of the items listed above, visit the City of Atlanta Office of Special Events online for more information.

Co-Chairs: Rob Glancy and Paula Hyman

Planning and Zoning

The goal of the VHCA as relates to planning and zoning is to ensure that the VHCA neighborhood maintains its popular “village-like” character, including maintaining the current mix of uses. The committee reviews zoning applications on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Public Library.

Co-Chairs: John Craft and Chip Bullock

Public Safety

Through the Public Safety Committee, the VHCA will create communication about public safety issues within the neighborhood with an objective to maintain a safe environment throughout the community.

Chair: Chip Gallagher


Summerfest is Virginia- Highland’s annual festival to celebrate the official beginning of summer in the neighborhood. Held the first Saturday and Sunday of June, Summerfest offers art, food, music, entertainment and more – all in the park like setting along Virginia Avenue. Summerfest is loved by neighbors, visitors and professionals – it was voted the “Best Neighborhood Festival” both by critics and readers in Creative Loafing Magazine’s 1999 “Best of Atlanta” issue. For more information on Summerfest, visit the Summerfest section of this web site.

Co-Chairs: Kevin Cronin and Wiley Sommerville

Virginia-Highland Voice

The Voice is a free, bi-monthly newsletter produced by the VHCA to increase awareness and participation in community activities. Hand delivered to all homes, apartments, and businesses in the Va-Hi community, the Voice is funded through VHCA operating income and the generosity of area businesses who pay for advertising.

Chair: Barbara Touchette

Editor: Nonie Daniel
Business Manager: Kevin Grebe

Virginia-Highland Morningside Parents’ Association

Information about the VHMPA is available here.


2001 Annual Meeting

The Virginia Highland Civic Association held its Annual Meeting on September 5, 2001. The most important agenda items for this meeting have typically been the election of a New Board of Directors, recognizing contributions to the neighborhood and grants from the Civic Association to the various institutions and groups that help make our neighborhood a great place to live, shop and dine out.

Community Service Awards
Stephanie Coffin for her contributions and efforts to protect and preserve our neighborhood’s green spaces

Betty Baumann for creating the donation boxes for the entrances to Summerfest that resulted in donations to the neighborhood of over $1,000.

Kathy Barkley for her efforts in making the Summerfest Artist Market a wonderful success this year, and in the past

Chris Clark, our Summerfest Security Chief, for keeping the peace and maintaining order during what is always a hectic week. Chris and his crew successfully thwarted several thefts from artists and were instrumental in making key arrests of the perpetrators.

Each recipient of a Community Service Award was given a Gift Certificate to La Tavola Trattoria, which were graciously donated by its management company, The Fifth Group.

Grants by the Civic Association

  Atlanta Fire Department, Station 19 $    500
Trees Atlanta $ 1,500
PEDS $    500
Ponce de Leon Branch Library $ 2,000
Morningside Elementary School $ 2,000
Inman Middle School $ 2,000
Grady High School $ 2,000
YWCA, NE Intown Branch $    500
Virginia-Highland Baptist Church $    500
Project Open Hand $ 1,000
Council of Intown Schools $ 1,000
John Howell Park $ 3,500


The term for the new Board is October 1, 2001, to September 30, 2002. The list of candidates was as follows:

Betty Baumann*, Erin Chance*, Stephanie Coffin, Winnie Currie*, Patrick Flinn, Chip Gallagher*, Louise Glancy, Linda Guthrie, Mike Hastings, Jean Jordan, Steve Kushner*, Seth Lynn, Steve Luben, Kris Reinhard, Debbie Skopczynski* and Wiley Sommerville*

(*incumbent). Two Board members, Ruthie Penn-David and Ben Barkley, the Civic Association’s President and Vice-President for the past two years, chose not to run for re-election.

Prior to the election, the issue of whether voting by proxy was permissible was addressed to the Board. During a Board meeting, the consensus from a review of the Civic Association’s By-Laws and the Georgia Non-Profit Corporations Code was that proxies were permissible. The issue was discussed at length at the Annual Meeting, and conducting the elections with proxies was challenged. A motion was made from the floor to continue the meeting, which passed by a large majority of the members present.

The breakdown of votes, including votes by proxy, is listed below. The use of proxies had no impact on the election.

Nominee Votes in Person Votes by Proxy Total
Chip Gallagher 89 193 282
Seth Lynn 86 185 271
Wiley Sommerville 85 192 277
Kris Reinhard 83 186 269
Steve Kushner 81 177 258
Steve Luben 76 178 254
Louise Glancy 72 202 274
Jean Jordan 70 162 232
Kevin Cronin 68 137 205
Dave Ferguson 54 82 136
Stephanie Coffin 53 63 116
Patrick Flinn 50 44 94
Linda Guthrie 43 53 96
Betty Baumann 42 48 90
Winnie Currie 38 57 95
Erin Chance 33 60 93
Debbie Skopczynski 32 34 66
Mike Hastings 24 30 54

In addition to these elected members of the Board of Directors, two members are appointed, one each by the Atkins Park Neighborhood Association and the St. Charles/Greenwood Neighborhood Association. These appointed members are Conne Ward-Cameron for Atkins Park and John Craft for St. Charles/Greenwood.

The Civic Association’s new Board is as follows:

The following people were elected/re-elected to the Board of Directors:

Chip Gallagher
Seth Lynn
Wiley Sommerville
Kris Reinhard
Steve Kushner
Steve Luben
Louise Glancy
Jean Jordan
Kevin Cronin
Conne Ward-Cameron (Atkins Park)
John Craft (St. Charles/Greenwood)
Dave Ferguson (Alternate)


The new Board and a few members of the outgoing Board met during the Transitional Meeting required by the By-Laws on September 12. At this meeting, Officers were elected and committees formed. While each committee must include a Board member, committee membership is open to the entire neighborhood and we encourage you to join us on these committees. The new Officers and the initial members of each committee are as follows:

  President Steven Kushner
Vice President Steven Luben
Treasurer Wiley Sommerville
Secretary Louise Glancy
Membership Chip Gallagher, Jean Jordan, Kris Reinhard, Seth Lynn
Parenting & Education Louise Glancy, Jean Jordan
Parks Rob Glancy, David Ferguson, Louise Glancy
Public Safety David Ferguson, Steve Luben, Krista Miller, Billie Jo
Planning Kevin Cronin, Conne Ward-Cameron, John Craft, Chris Bailey
Communications Krista Miller, Seth Lynn, Chip Gallagher, Conne Ward-Cameron, Jean Jordan, Steve Luben
Summerfest Chair – Pam Trettle, Co-Chair – Steve Kushner
Summerfest Steering Wiley Sommerville, Kris Reinhard, Jana Wolkow, Aaron Gross
Summerfest fundraising Chip Gallagher, Jean Jordan

Proxy Voting Available

We have had several inquiries from residents who may be unable to attend the annual meeting whether they may let another resident vote for them at the meeting. Although we hope that residents will make every effort to attend the meeting in person, we recognize that this is not always possible. All residents over 18 years of age who live within the Virginia-Highland neighborhood may appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf in the 2001-2002 Annual Election of VHCA Board of Directors. To appoint a proxy, you must formally appoint an eligible resident who will be in attendance at the VHCA meeting by signing a statement and listing your full name, address, and phone number.

Click here to download a blank proxy statement.

Elections for VHCA Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2001 at the Inman Middle School Auditorium.

The following is a list of candidates for the Virginia Highland Civic Association 2001 Board of Directors:

Betty Baumann*, Erin Chance*, Stephanie Coffin, Winnie Currie*, Patrick Flinn, Chip Gallagher*, Louise Glancy, Linda Guthrie, Mike Hastings, Jean Jordon, Steve Kushner*, Seth Lynn, Steve Luben, Kris Reinhard, Debbie Skopczynski*, Wiley Sommerville*

* indicates incumbent

Betty Baumann, Secretary,
Virginia-Highland Civic Association



The annual meeting of the Virginia-Highland Civic Association (VHCA) will be held on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Inman Middle School auditorium at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Park Drive. The agenda includes election of directors for the 2000-2001 term, proposed amendments to the VHCA Bylaws, VHCA community donations and annual awards. The proposed bylaw amendments have been approved by the VHCA Board subject to approval at the annual meeting. The proposed amendments would:

  • change the beginning of the fiscal year of the VHCA from October 1 to January 1
  • increase from $200 to $1,000 the size of check that would require two signatures
  • revise the minimum vote required to amend the Bylaws to conform to Georgia law
  • permit the Board to designate a location other than the Ponce Library for storage of VHCA records
  • permit notices to Board members to be sent via email
  • permit alternate directors to attend Board meetings and participate (but not vote) in Board discussions
  • provide for the manner in which Board members may resign from the Board
  • conform the procedures for electing directors to previous Bylaw amendments
  • correct typographical errors and reflect name changes

The VHCA Board recommends approval of these proposed amendments. All residents of Virginia-Highland over the age of 18 are eligible to vote and we encourage you to attend. We have invited city and state representatives to attend and look forward to seeing you there.

If you wish to run for the VHCA board, please submit your name and qualifications to


Voice – Fall 1990

Special issue dedicated to understanding and improving Ponce de Leon Avenue

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  • Annual meeting (photo) and results
  • America’s Stop Crime Program to speak
  • Ponce de Leon Task Force sets goals for Ponce Corridor
  • Union Mission will not pursue acquisition of building in 900 block of Ponce
  • Neighborhood school achieve many honors
  • Friends of the Library
  • Pastor of Baptist Church introduces himself
  • The Compost Man
  • Recycling Update
  • Interview with Ed Loring of Open Door on Ponce
  • Grassroots effort to improve Ponce
  • How I handle a stranger at my door
  • Parks and recreation
  • Sidewalk repair
  • Survey of inexpensive hotels along Ponce
  • Neighborhood watch, “if you hear a whistle blowing”
  • D.O.T property at St. Charles
  • Would a burglar find your home attractive?

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