December Membership Meeting

The Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations held its December General Membership Meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm at University Christian Church, 2720 South University Drive.

Our guest speaker was Mr. Jeff Law, Chief Appraiser, Tarrant Appraisal District. Mr. Law gave a very informative overview of the appraisal and property tax systems and helped us understand the demarcation between the appraisal process and the tax rate and collection activity.

Jeff Law, TAD Executive Director and Chief Appraiser
Jeff Law, TAD Executive Director and Chief Appraiser

In addition, we elected the board of directors and officers for 2017.

We are very grateful to Olivella’s for providing a huge and tasty selection of pizza for our meeting. It was super! Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana is located at 6333 Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Ben Ann Tomayko Award for 2016

“The 2016 Neighborhood Awards Applications Are Now Available!”  That is the subject line of an email sent out Sept. 15, 2016, by Catherine Huckaby, Community Engagement Manager of the City of Fort Worth.

Included in that award nomination packet was one award that is sponsored, specifically, by the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations.  It is called the Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year Award, named after a co-founder of the League 30 years ago.  As its name implies, it is awarded to an individual, not to an association, and it is the League’s most prestigious award. The nomination form for that award is provided herein.

League award deadline: Nomination forms for the Ben Ann Tomayko Neighbor of the Year Award must be postmarked by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.  They may be mailed to the League’s P. O. box or sent by Nov. 30 to the email address, both of which are identified on the form.  Nominations for this award are open only to individuals from associations that are League of Neighborhood Association members.  The application form is available at FWLNA BAT 2016.

City award deadline:  Please note that all of the other awards, that are sponsored by the City of Fort Worth, are due to the City by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.  Additional information is available at www.FortWorthTexas.gov/engagement.

Last year the City of Fort Worth combined its annual Neighborhood University Workshop day with its annual Neighborhood Awards luncheon day.  This year the combined event is called “The Mayor’s Community Engagement Workshops & Neighborhood Awards.  It will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the Southwestern Seminary (inside The Riley Center.)  Registration to attend will be open to all registered associations and alliances beginning on Nov. 10, 2016.

The League of Neighborhoods looks forward to receiving nomination forms for its Ben Ann Tomayko Award for 2016 and looks forward to announcing the winner on Jan. 7.  See the attached nomination form for additional information and contact information.

Eva Sandoval Bonilla
Chair, Ben Ann Tomayko Award for 2016

Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations
P.O. Box 3088
Fort Worth, TX 76113-3088

 

Fall General Membership Meeting

The Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations held its Fall General Membership Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at University Christian Church. The focus of the program for the Sept. 1, 2016, meeting was: “How can neighborhood leaders use their communications network to let people know the needs of the 22 FWISD schools that were rated in August as ‘Improvement Required’?”

Our distinguished guest speaker was Dr. Kent Scribner, Superintendent of the FWISD.

DrScribnerDr. Scribner’s presentation gave facts and figures about the district as a whole and then demographics of the students in the district.  Dr. Scribner’s motto is that “students are not a problem to be solved, they are an asset to be invested in”. Our future depends on these students and they must be provided with an education that increasingly extends beyond a high school diploma.

Twenty-two schools needing improvement is down from twenty-eight a few years ago, but with creative community support, the number could go down faster. The role of the League is to establish communication between the ISD and the neighborhood organizations where the targeted schools are located. To start this collaboration, the league invited the Trustees, the City Council, and representatives of all neighborhood organizations where the 22 schools are located. We were pleased to have two trustees, one Councilman, several FWISD personnel, a city staff member, and many neighborhood representatives attend the meeting.

DrScribner_and_room

Most neighborhood leaders work with their respective Council Members.  We hope they will also establish a working relationship with their FWISD Trustees, if they have not already done so.

This is not the sort of initiative the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods has undertaken in the past; however, it makes sense in that “education and community success are inextricably linked,” in the words of Superintendent Kent Scribner.  The League will serve as a catalyst.

 

 

June General Meeting

The second quarter General Membership Meeting was held on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at University Christian Church. The guest speakers were Melissa Opheim and Jeff Salavarria of Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2016. They presented the details of their project to install the city’s first micro-park. The Magnolia Micro Park was dedicated on May 18th. This is a great idea and learning about the process was very informative.

micropark1

May Board Meeting

The Board of Directors met on Monday, May 9, with ten members present. We had five guests with a presentation on Micro Parks. It is a project of Leadership FW 2016, Near Southside, Inc, and TSG Designs. The installation of the first Micro Park, the culmination of this project, can be seen at Henderson and Magnolia.

We discussed ZC-16-096, a zoning case to allow a concrete recycling facility on the east side, near E. 1st and Oakland. We decided to take a position against this for many reasons.