by Greg Smith, 2013 Crescent Hill Community Council president
(from the Fall 2013 Crescent Hill Community Council newsletter)
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our two-day Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Festival. For those of you who were there on Thursday, July 4, you know it was a wet and rainy day.
Even through all the rain, however, hundreds of neighbors came out to enjoy the festival activities. At times on Thursday, pathways were covered by a sea of umbrellas, parted in places by a few ponchos.
The muddy spots failed to dampen the spirits of these feisty festival goers, and by Friday the weather had turned in our favor just in time for the pet show, children’s field games, and a live broadcast of The Kentucky Homefront Live Radio Show with host John Gage.
The weather did force us to cancel our fireworks show on the 4th itself, but we were able to launch an even more spectacular show on Friday, July 5. As in years past, the lawn was filled with neighbors from all corners of our vibrant community. It was a real blast!
Thanks to our sponsors who helped make it all happen: First Capital Bank of Kentucky, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, and D.D. Williamson, without whose support, we couldn’t do what we do.
Special thanks also to Masonic Homes of Kentucky, Harrod Concrete, D.W. Silks, and Kentucky Homefront.
A shout out also must go to our friends at The Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation and the Frankfort Avenue Business Association. They helped to continue a great tradition in Crescent Hill.
And a HUGE thank you to all the many volunteers who worked through the rain, the mud, the toil; and the tears, the cheers and the beers to make it all happen! Kathy Creech, who chaired the Art Fair; Kathy King, who ran the Cake Booth; Melissa Mershon, who coordinated our volunteers; Barry Creech, who did anything he was asked; Ellen Diebold who chaired our Pet Show; Danny Fielden and Jerry Fielden, who ran the food booth; Rich Gerring, who provided our first-ever fried fish; Barb McGee, who set up the historical displays; Janine Linder, who provided all of our publicity; George Kaelin, who helped with barricades; Bill Ottman, who helped with grounds setup; Brian Butler and David Fountain, who helped with finance; Jon Schenkenfelder and Rosie Scott, who chaired the silent auction; Jason Seibert, who pulled off the parade in the rain; Joe Winkie, who launched a spectacular fireworks display; Terrian Barnes, who created our first ever Compassion Trees; John Johnson, who ran the beer booth . . . and so many more that I can’t list them all. THANK YOU!
Although crowds were down from last year, neighbors and friends still enjoyed perusing the wonderful artist booths, listening to some outstanding music, showing off their pets, and, of course, fantastic fellowship over a few brats and a cold beer.
We’re already planning for 2014! It will be a Friday/Saturday celebration on July 4/5, 2014! Let’s hope the weather will be cool AND dry!
We’re off to a great start in 2013! Our attendance at our monthly board meeting
is growing! I’m really excited about our
initiatives for the year. Here’s a
snapshot of just a few of them:
- We adopted a theme for this year which is :
MEMBERSHIP INVOLVES YOU! Our goal is to
have actively involved members, enthusiastically engaged in things they are
passionate about. Along those lines, we
are trying to make it easier for anyone who so desires, to get involved with
- We instituted a new Leadership Training System,
designed to enable uniform templates to be used for all committees and task
force position. This will enable us to
capture the work flow of each committee, and build out our written Procedures
Manual with job descriptions. The vast
majority of the Board has now completed this training.
- We reached out to all Past Presidents of the
CHCC, with a twofold purpose: First, to
honor them for their past service and volunteer efforts. Second, to let them know what we have going
on, and to invite their participation in any way they feel so inclined.
- We’ve started a new Communications Committee,
under the leadership of Kenny Wooton. This committee has already begun to
identify and improve all areas of communication, to our members and to the
- We’ve initiated a new Institutional
Representative Liaison, C.J.Parrish, who
is going to help increase the membership and involvement of many fine
institutions and business organizations we have in the Crescent Hill area.
- Plans are underway for our 4th of July
Festival, set for Thursday, July 4th
and Friday, July 5th. Each
day will run from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
and will feature Artists Exhibits, Live Music, Antique Car Parade, Childrens
Games, Pet Show and more. This is sure
to be two great days of family fun for the neighborhood. It is also our largest volunteer effort and
hopefully our biggest fundraiser of the year!
It takes over 200 volunteers for this, so come help out a little for a
continue to push resources and expand our web presence, with the intention of becoming more
transparent, and easier for anyone who so desire to get involved with us.
Membership does INVOVE you!
We have so many great committees and activities to get involved
with. Take a look at the committee pages
and activities on this website.
Membership involves YOU! We
would love to have you get involved with us.
The Crescent Hill Community Council:
Membership Involves You.
The 2012 Year in Review
At the start of each year your President usually sets forth the visions and goals for the coming year, though at times we have had things which seem to come out of nowhere which changes the goals for the year. At the start of this past year, here were the goals:
- To develop and implement training for Board members.
To welcome new members into the Council.
- With help and leadership from Laura Ryan, we put together a training slide show which gave a history of the Council and told how the PD House Foundation and FABA were offshoots from the Council. We also gave a history of the Council up to the present.
- We obtained a new board member from the training-----Kenny Wooton
- This slide show was developed so it could be used in the future to train new members.
This was our first major accomplishment!
To have every office on the Council Board Filled.
- Started the Welcome committee.
- The Welcome Committee sets up the Welcome Table with name tags, sign-in sheet, welcomes and introduces visitors at meetings and came up with the policy of offering a free membership to new residents who send in a membership envelope with their contact information.
- Things started to unravel right after the start of the year when the newsletter editor and the membership chair both announced they had to leave in just a few short weeks and our volunteer coordinator also needed to leave.
- Pat Brinson was given the job as chair of an ad hoc committee to find replacements for both committee chairs. She did both:
To accomplish three major goals which needed someone to oversee and develop. They were:
- Dee Allen came on board as Newsletter Editor and
- Judy Sanders as membership chair, though our membership chair didn’t start till September.
- We also acquired a new volunteer coordinator, Melissa Mershon.
- This is also where the idea first came up that all communications should be under one umbrella and would be expounded on later. Dee led that initial communications dialogue.
This was our second major accomplishment!
- Revise the by-laws.
- Put together a policy and procedure manual.
- Develop one website to function for the Council and the 4th of July/Art and Music Festival
To work with Finance and Budget Committee procedures and develop an accounting system that has transparency.
- We brought on board a 2nd VP whose job was to bring about these three things and Barry Creech was able to accomplish all three.
- The procedures manual had been a goal for years and years. Creating an all-encompassing website had been discussed for multiple years.
- The by-laws required a total revision of the document that had been pieced together for 20 years or more.
This was our third major accomplishment!
To have short meetings that didn't run over 90 minutes.
- The financial reporting at the meetings has been more substantial with more in-depth explanations with charts and graphs, giving everyone a clearer picture of the financial situation. We need to thank Brian Butler for his efforts.
- Collections at the 4th of July were centralized under David Fountain and Nancy Owens
To develop a communication system. Melissa Mershon brought us into a new and better communications era by using Constant Contact to send information to our members and others who have shared email addresses. She has used this for all types of communications, including promoting community events and sharing crime reports.
- We have had only one meeting that ran over (to 9:10 p.m.) and that was the last one (Oct.), but there was so much material to cover, including going over the new Procedures Manual and dealing with grass cutting along the RR tracks, that we just could not finish in the allotted time.
- All other meetings have ended by 9:00 PM and we had a quorum at all meetings.
To continue with existing projects/events:
- With this goal in mind we put together another ad hoc committee to develop a communication system. The committee met and proposed starting a Communication Committee at the start of 2013 with a set of goals to organize and develop.
- Kenny Wooton volunteered to be the chairperson
This was the fourth major accomplishment!
- The Easter Egg Hunt
- The Dessert with the Mayor
- The Chili Supper
- The Holiday Open House (Dec. 11)
- The CHCC Discount Card for 2013 (to be mailed Jan., 2013)
- Last, but not least, the 4th of July:
- As chair/co-chair of the event, I had a personal goal of having at least $55,000 in the Council’s bank account by the end of the 4th. Mother Nature had another idea with temperatures running 105-106 degrees; we did everything we could think of to lessen the impact: we had fans, misters, water, and heat-related posters for safety. This is when we found out that heat is as bad as rain or maybe worse for the bottom line. We just barely made a profit, but that was better than a loss.
- This points out how hardy our group is!
This was the fourth major accomplishment!
I want to thank all Board members for their efforts in accomplishing the goals for this past year!
that you have found your way to the Crescent Hill Community Council (CHCC)
website you might have questions as to what is the CHCC and what it does.
are some Frequently Asked Questions; let's start with our By-Laws.
The purpose and mission of the Crescent Hill Community Council
is to serve as an advocate for maintaining Crescent Hill's quality of
life by improving the civic, recreational, cultural and educational life of
the Crescent Hill neighborhood and by strengthening community pride and involvement
through objective planning, preservation and enhancement of its historic
character and natural beauty.
runs the Council:
The Council's Board of Directors represents the overall Council
and is made up of volunteers from the Crescent Hill community and
representatives from institutions that are located in Crescent Hill. The Officers
of the Council (pres., v.p., sec. treas.) are
elected by the Council membership at the annual general membership meeting
which is held the first Thursday in November each year. All members of the
Council can vote at this meeting to elect the officers.
The other representatives and committee chairs on the Board are appointed
by the President with Board approval at the first meeting in January.
is its purpose
The Council represents the Crescent Hill neighborhood
in all things that affect the neighborhood. Almost all major changes
that are made in the neighborhood by both government and institutions
are first brought before the Council's Board of directors for approval
or at least to make people aware that a change is about to take place.
Usually the Board of Directors decide whether to approve a project,
but there have been issues in the past where the Board thought the question
was so important that meetings were organized of the whole neighborhood
where each side presented it case and the Council organized and held
a vote of the entire Council membership on whether to approve an issue
Council's Board of Directors also participates in community
clean-ups and oversees the cutting of grass in some green areas of
you are interested in serving on the Board or in
working with a committee, contact me: Jerry Fielden
email@example.com and I will
help match you to a spot you’ll like.
Welcome, everyone, to our newly- revised and reconditioned website. The Council recognized that our former website was outdated and it was time to put together a newer site with many of the bells and whistles that are available today. We consequently assigned V.P. Barry Creech the job of coming up with a new site and are pleased with the results. With the launch of this new site, we are hoping it will be expandable so that, as new applications become available, we can incorporate them into the site.
When we started looking into creating a new website there were several things we were looking for:
- Easy to understand
- Easy to add or change content
- Easy to add new applications
- Little maintenance--something that didn’t need a programmer to always fine- tune it
- A site where visitors could find the information that they are looking for with just a couple of key strokes.
- That is not expensive
We think this new site meets all these criteria and we are excited about the current results and future possibilities.
Look around and tell us what you think. If you have other suggestions, please let us know. Contact the Webmaster and share your thoughts. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the new site.
Jerry Fielden, President
Crescent Hill Community Council
EMAIL the President