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Eight board seats up for election, Community Service Award nominations due Tuesday, September 23

By Cara DeGette

GPHC Editor

All Greater Park Hill Community members are invited to attend the neighborhood Annual Meeting, which will be held Oct. 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 E. 35th Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

The celebratory event includes the election of board members and a  presentation of the 2014 Babbs Community Service Award. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.

RSVP by Monday, Sept. 22 to director@greaterparkhill.org or (303) 388-0918 with the number of attendees you will be bringing, so we can plan accordingly.

GPHC Board Elections

Every October, in accordance with its bylaws, the members of the GPHC elect one-half of its Board of Governors. All dues-paying members of the GPHC are eligible to serve on the Board. Individuals should nominate only themselves.

Dues can be paid online, by mail or at the annual meeting. Next year’s officers and Executive Committee will be formed from those elected to the Board of Governors.

At the October 2 meeting, elections will be held for representatives of Districts 1,3,5,7,9 and three of the six at-large seats. To represent a district, you must live within the boundaries of the district (see map). To serve as an at-large member, you need to be a member of GPHC and live within the neighborhood.

Dr. J. Carlton Babbs Award Nominations

Nominations are being sought for this year’s Babbs Award recipient. This is an award that recognizes a Park Hill resident who has made a significant contribution to the neighborhood.

The award honors the legacy of former Park Hill United Methodist Pastor and founding member of the Park Hill Action Committee, Dr. J. Carlton Babbs. Last year, the award went to GPHC Board Member and Secretary Bernadette Kelly.

Residents in the Park Hill Community are invited to submit their nominations to the nominating committee by Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Babbs was minister at Park Hill United Methodist Church from 1955 until his death in 1978, helped organize the Park Hill Action Committee and was a key supporter of integration in Park Hill. On the same Sunday in May of 1956, all of the ministers in the community preached sermons on the need to eliminate all the barriers to church membership and housing on the basis of race, sex or national origin.

The Park Hill Action Committee, organized and sponsored by these churches, subsequently became the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC). Historically, GPHC’s impact on integration, zoning, schools, justice and legislation for the community has been widely recognized.  At the time of Dr. Babbs’ death, the clergy of Park Hill met and decided that a community service award in his memory would be a fitting tribute to one of the neighborhood’s outstanding leaders.

Identify your nominee, their address, phone number and/or email and the reasons you have for nominating them.  Your name and phone number is requested as well in case we need to follow up. You may mail or drop off your nomination to 2823 Fairfax St., or email it to director@greaterparkhill.org

Thank you for taking time to recognize Park Hill leaders.

Previous Babbs Award Recipients

1980 Robert B. Hickman

1981 Helen Evans

1982 John H. Mondschein

1983 Marjorie Gilbert

1984 Madeleine Hagarty

1985 Isaac & Marie White

1986 Karen Saliman

1987 Art & Bea Branscombe

1988 John & Gladys Bates

1989 Mary Ann McClain

1990 Henry Turner

1991 William R. “Bill” Roberts

1992 Gerald “Jerry” Kopel

1993 Cynthia C. Kahn

1994 Emmett P. Wallace

1995 Liz Kreider

1996 Patricia B. Clarke

1997 Dr. Robbie Bean

1998 Lewis & Bernice Watts

1999 Algene & Odell Holleman

2000 Richard Pickett

2001 Ann K. Long

2002 Marietta “Jo” Mosby

2003 Sarah Lee Foster

2004 Geneva Goldsby

2005 Linda Elliott

2006 Bob Homiak

2007 Roz Wheeler-Bell

2008 Roberta Locke

2009 Lyle Hansen

2010 Susan Schneider

2011 Lynn Smith

2012 Tracey MacDermott

2013 Bernadette Kelly

Ways You Can Help Your Neighbors

You can help us serve the neighborhood! Whether donations are gifts of time, money, or necessary items they all make a lasting impact here at GPHC. If you have any questions or would like to help, please call me at 303-388-0918 or email at director@greaterparkhill.org. Remember, your donations are tax deductible!

• Emergency Pantry needs:  Lots or re-useable grocery bags, formula and diapers (size 4,5, and 6 needed most), sunscreen, unscented lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, granola/protein bars, canned fruit and protein rich canned goods (chili, stew, etc.) We could also use an old laptop; it just needs to have any version of Office installed. This would enable our volunteers to work on much needed data entry projects.

• Remodeling? One of our refrigerators has failed and we desperately need at least one more working refrigerator before our Thanksgiving basket event. We also need a 10- or 15-foot folding ladder for our lights and smoke detectors – maybe the gutters if I’m feeling brave!

• Gardening at home? If you are planning on dividing up your ornamentals soon, bring them by the GPHC office at 2823 Fairfax St. to help fill out our perennial beds. If you have extra produce, help us supplement our emergency food pantry offering with fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables.

• Want to garden with us? One-to-two times a month volunteers are needed to help weed, mulch, and harvest our garden.  A one-time volunteer is needed to help us develop a garden plan for next year.

• Are you handy? We need some help flashing our greenhouse roof. After the roof is sealed we’ll need to reinstall the wall panels. We also have a little plaster work that needs attention.

Lastly, we can always use any giftcards to places such as King Soopers, Safeway, Lowes, etc.

Thank you so much for everything all of you do. Check out our Facebook page for even more ways to get involved!

Rebecca Born, GPHC Executive Director


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